For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
Because by your Cross and precious Blood you have redeemed the world.
The image of a small wooden crucifix, with one leg noticeably shorter than the other, is unique to Cambodia. It depicts the crucified Christ but links his suffering with that of many disabled Cambodians.
Bishop John Arnold, returning from Cambodia, told us about Red, a man who lost both his legs because of an anti-personnel device. The Khmer Rough left thousands of fields filled with landmines and thirty-five years on people continue to lose limbs to undetected mines.
Red invited Bishop John to meet three families. In each the man had been injured by a land mine while serving in the military. One man lost both legs; another had lost an eye. The military have offered no compensation and no pension, and they live with their families in poverty. Red’s work is to supply toilets and wheelchairs and to help them-however he can-to develop a livelihood. One man works with Red. Another has developed a poultry farm. The third man lost his job and his wife is eight months pregnant.
Jesus was led away, carrying the Cross by himself. Yet was the Cross only yours, or was it also mine you bore.
Risen Lord you bore the signs of the Cross, the nails that pierced your hands and feet, the spear that pierced your wide. May we embrace our own disfigurement. May we not be blinded to the unreasonable burdens we put on the shoulders of others and may we not forget to be thankful.