Like Peter we sometimes ask why the cross is necessary. Why did he allow his Son to experience the rejection and pain of the Cross? This was Peter’s question. He didn’t want Jesus to experience suffering. And sometimes we don’t want to experience it ourselves. Today our Lord asks us to accept the Cross; he says that new life for us will come from it. We also know that the Cross is God’s highest expression of his love for us. We can begin to understand this through an image of mother or father with their 1 year old.
Some weeks ago, I gave a homily about how Pope Francis wants our parish to be a place of welcome for all people. He wrote, last March, a document called the Joy of Love, and in it he asked us to be accepting of people who have been divorced and remarried or who are struggling with same sex attraction. After Mass, some parishioners asked me whether this mean that the Church was abandoning the truth of our Lord, and it’s a fair question, but the answer is no.
In that document the Pope wrote, “In order to avoid all misunderstanding, I would point out that in no way must the Church desist from proposing the full ideal of marriage, God’s plan in all its grandeur.”