The cross is a defiant symbol, the cross looks at the year's-long Lenten misery of our world and says Hallelujah anyhow, because God stands with those who are suffering.
If you choose to take up your cross, you will be in strange company, but good company. If you choose to follow Christ, to take up your cross, you’ll be standing with a wildly diverse band who believe the world can be re-shaped by sacrificial love. With Christ no one suffers alone, and no one suffers in vain.
We will know the power of Christ’s reconciling love, the power of Christ’s outstretched arms, when we know that Jesus’ saving embrace saves us by identifying with those who suffer. The Rector preaches about lynching, victims, impunity, and James Cone.