The Triumph of Love and Faith

Triumph…of the cross? A young man with nails through his hands and feet, hanging on a cross until he suffocated? What kind of triumph is that?

For one thing, it is a triumph of love over hate. All his life, Jesus preached about the love of God and of others. He didn’t just talk about it, but when he healed the sick or forgave sinners, he lived love. Most of all, he lived it on the cross. He could have hated the ones who were crucifying him. Instead, he said: “Father, forgive them.” And love triumphed.

The cross is also the triumph of faith over despair. How sad it is to hear of people whose lives have been shattered by tragedy and who then live out their days in despair and hopelessness. How great the temptation must have been for Jesus to abandon all hope as he hung on the cross. Jesus could have given in to despair but he died saying “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” And faith triumphed.

Jesus chose to believe that God could transform bad into good. That belief resulted in the triumph of love and faith. Today, when we are faced with adversity, we can also choose not to let hate or despair overtake us. As we struggle with the crosses in our own lives, may we choose to make love and faith triumphant in our world.

Teresa Whalen Lux

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