Have you ever done it while passing Church – the ‘sign of the cross?’
It must not have been a deep matter for me but I’ve been asking myself if doing the religious-hand-motion is a right thing to do or at least significant.
Perhaps not for me anymore but I did the gesture when I was a kid.
Aside from having the feeling of being obligated – doing the Cross sign as I saw it being done by people, young and old, I copied it because it looked good to me. A common form of influence I think.
The privilege of having time going back to place where we came from will offer us the opportunity to experience the things we used to do and see.
While I head myself to accomplish some government obligations, and though I wasn’t directly looking, a familiar move has caught my attention. I noticed the student sitting beside me pointing his fingers over his middle-chest down next his forehead then quickly cross it left and right. I thought maybe he just prayed but then another guy sitting on a passenger-seat just ahead our vehicle doing also the same thing. That’s when I realized we’re passing Church.
I wasn’t surprised to make it clear but it was indeed a refreshing one for me.
Probably not all but most people often follow traditions or likely behave to even simple ways of others they/we perceive right. Or good. Thus, conform into them.
When I heard from a Priest the reason for the ‘ritual Crossing’ I stopped acting it. Other than the customary blessing, doing it implies your commitment or your belief in the acceptance of Jesus – of God, hence, your readiness in taking up ‘real’ Cross for Him, he said.
It is not that I don’t know Jesus at all but I know myself enough. That time I’m aware of how I can’t leave my life for Him, fearful, and so doing the Cross sign has no pledge-meaning yet as for myself.
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17
God our Father, it is not because of our work alone that makes it acceptable to give You our thanks, love and praises, but through the mighty work of Jesus that You will be glorified. May all the glory be with You forever and ever, for yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory eternally. In Jesus name we pray. Amen