An Oxymoron

An oxymoron is a combination of words that seem to contradict each other like “deafening silence” or “a mournful optimist.” Triumph of the Cross is an oxymoron. Ask any ancient Roman whether the cross is a triumph and he will tell you “absolutely not.” Ask any modern Christian whether the cross is a triumph and…? I hope you would say “yes” because it is a triumph. Christ’s death on the cross means life for us. On the cross Christ triumphed over sin and death. St. Paul tells the Corinthians, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Fr. McGuire

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