Certainly in our society dominated by the aesthetic sense of beauty and happiness, the scene of Calvary has no a privileged place. But for us the scene of Calvary Christian requires us feel part of it. There are women and a young disciple. Sharing the suffering of the righteous and offering him the comfort of a farewell. How many of us would have the courage to stand at the cross?
We need to take the pain and the implications of rejection by the powerful of this world for whom the message of the Gospel is foolishness.
They forget that the powerful real power resides in those who are capable of becoming weak.
The cost of the cross is the requirement for the fullness of life, to resurrection. It is a reverse logic that many minds are not able to accept. The empty tomb is not seen without having been a burial. Maybe that's the main point that Christian theology says the baptism: to die for the world and be born again to God.
Many of us can say how James and John said, we can experience the cup and the baptism that Jesus would live. But the moment of truth finds us weak, asleep or running away.
We need to be at the foot of the cross and trust that the last word of God is the fullness of life. Neither Rome nor Jeruslém has the ultimate power over our lives!
Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your
Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved mankind: grant that by faith
in him who suffered on the cross, we may triumph in the power
of his victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.