Leader: We adore thee, O Christ, and we praise thee.
All: Because by thy holy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
“Some of the seed fell on the edge of the roadway, and the birds came and ate it up…Those who are on the side of the road are people who have no sooner heard the word than Satan comes and carries away the word that was sown in them.” Mark 4:5,15
“I see you there … I see you by the side of the road. You feel sorry for me, but you’ll forget it by evening. You have no idea of what denying yourself and taking up your cross really means. It’s like labour pain. No birth without it. No life without the cross. The vertical beam links me with God and earth at the same time. The horizontal beam links me with people, to the right and the left of me. I’m in between the vertical and the horizontal, I am between the right and the left, where they cross. On the cross. I’m the nobody there. Unless you become a nobody like that, the birds will come and eat you up. If you do become a nobody, dead on the cross, the carrion birds will be waiting for you.”