Isaiah 50:4c-9a; Psalm 116; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Last week we spoke of reversals, and this week we speak also of reversals, but in a different way. As I wrote last week, I thought of what we might call reverse reversals. Yes, the blind are made to see, but sometimes those who see become blind. True, the lame are made to leap, but sometimes those who can leap become lame. What’s going on here? Even Jesus Christ, who “does all things well,” suffers a reversal of fortune and is to be killed. He advises his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” Well, two things are going on. One thing is that the rules for disciples seem to be different from the rules for those to whom we minister. The second thing is that death is never the end, whether that death be actual physical death, or a death-dealing type of blow: blindness, lameness, deafness. Through all these things new life can be found. I think especially of the frail elderly population with whom I work, so many of whom have always been helpers but have never had to deal with being helped. Dependence and frailty is a new experience, and not a welcome one, but it can be the doorway to a “new life” of sorts.

Tomorrow we celebrate the Triumph of the Cross.

Can you see the triumph of the cross not only in the death and resurrection of Jesus, but in your daily life and the lives of others?

Where and how?