Vatican City, Apr 22, 2020 / 03:30 am
The crucifix is not just a symbol or wall decoration, it is the entire expression of the love of God, who sent his Son to die for us and for our sins, Pope Francis said at Mass Wednesday.
"How many people, how many Christians spend time looking at the crucifix…" the pope said April 22 in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, his Vatican residence.
People "find everything there, because they understood, the Holy Spirit made them understand that there is all knowledge, all the love of God, all Christian wisdom there."
Emphasizing that a crucifix is not just a decorative object to hang on the wall, Francis urged Christians to "look at the crucifix in silence, look at the wounds, look at the heart of Jesus, look at the whole: Christ crucified, the Son of God, annihilated, humiliated... for love."