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The Cross and the Eucharist

By Jacqui-Theresa Leiba

The cross is the symbol of pain, suffering and death. It is also the symbol of resurrection and new life. It symbolises the horizontal plane of temporary life (Earth) and the vertical plane of eternal life (Heaven). The cross is where Heaven and Earth meet and reflects a universal pattern of “becoming” if we care to look deeply.

“Pick up your cross and come follow Me” (Matt 16:24). Jesus here is not simply referring to the problems, challenges, and confusion of this life. In picking up the cross, we consent to the participation in the very life of Christ and the transformative process of becoming more fully human.

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