Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Cross and the Rainbow

"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him." (Jn 3:17)
At first glance, it almost seems strange to see a cross and a rainbow together in the same picture. The rainbow reminds us of God's promise that He would never send a flood to destroy the earth again. The cross reminds us of pain and suffering.
But the cross is also a reminder of a promise from God, one that we read in John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."
God, thank you for your love, a love so great and so eternal that we will never reach the end of it. Help us to know your love and to trust in your mercy. Amen.


Karinann said...

I love the paradox of the image of the cross and the rainbow, but despite their seeming contradiction, both do hold God's promises. The cross is at first a sign of pain and suffering but it points to resurrection.
Thank you for this short but powerful reflection.
Hugs & blessings!

Colleen said...

Thank you Karinann! I love this paradox, too. Hugs and blessings.

Anne said...

The pastor at our parish gave his first lenten homily about God's covenant of love with all of us. He went and stood beneath the crucifix in our church and said "The Crucifix is the new rainbow, a sign of God's great love for us." I loved that! So nice to see that point reiterated here! Love your new header as well!

Colleen said...

Anne, wow. That is amazing! I love that thought of a new rainbow, a new promise. Thanks!