The great spiritual writer, C.S. Lewis tells us that, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, he speaks to us in our conscience, and shouts to us in our pain.” Pain, as Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen puts it, ‘is God’s megaphone. It is heaven’s loudspeaker.’ In the words of the great French medieval mathematician and Church apologist, Pascal Blaise, “Christ is on the cross until the end of the world. Today, he still speaks to us in our pains and suffering from his cross!”
Church Fathers and great theologians down the ages affirm that Christ is on the cross until the end of time. He is on the cross today, with those who are suffering in different ways. He is on the cross today with the forgotten of the society, the needy and the marginalized, those who are discriminated against because of race, religion, ethnicity, or differences in ideological and philosophical persuasions.
Christ is on the cross today with the sick and the aged, street beggars, those who sleep under the bridge, and those without a job or not gainfully employed. He is on the cross today with the victims of authoritarian and tyrannical regimes, of state-sponsored violence, religious bigotry, ethnic hate, and violence of different kinds of man’s inhumanity to his fellow humans.