I invite you to practice Passionate Love – Meditating on the Crucifix anytime you want to feel closer to Christ. As mystics Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross shared with us, deep meditation and contemplative prayer serves to strengthen the connective tissue between us and God. Such a bond creates a very real, physical change in our human bodies. I believe such practices serve to make our bodies more holy and open to receiving the messages of the Holy Trinity. Repetition is key, because after all, muscles need to be used repeatedly for them to strengthen. Our spiritual muscles are no different on that note.
How to Use the Meditation
Passionate Love – Meditating on the Crucifix
This meditation is performed while gazing upon a Crucifix. Throughout the meditation you are invited to look at the deep, passionate love Jesus had for all of humanity during his Crucifixion. As you circle the Crucifix continually bring to your mind and heart the great love behind every pain Jesus suffered; physical, emotional, and spiritual. If at any time during the meditation you feel your mind wandering you are invited to practice Breath of Christ. Breath of Christ is done by following your breath and repeating the words I, love, you, Jesus. You can repeat this as often as you wish. Take your time and enjoy this sacred space with Jesus Christ, our Father, and the Holy Spirit.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13
- Realize you are in the presence of God, he is all around you.
- Take note of your breath and follow your inhalations and exhalations.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you empty your heart so you can receive any message God has for you.
- Allow your heart to be open to God’s message for you during this meditation.
Let’s Begin. Remember, take your time with each step and only move forward to the next step when you feel ready to do so.
- Begin by looking at the superscription at the top of the Cross: INRI – which means “This is the King of the Jews”. Call to mind that it was written in all three languages of the day; Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. Also, take time to honor our Jewish ancestors in faith and what they carry for all of us. Their loss is truly our gain. Without them we would not have our savior Jesus Christ.
- Look at and meditate on the nail/wound on Jesus’ right hand.
- Look at and meditate on the wound on his shoulder, where he carried the Cross.
- Look at and mediate on the crown of thorns, his eyes, his face, his ears, his tears.
- Look at and meditate on the nail/wound on his left hand.
- Look at and meditate on his nakedness, the shame he bore for us. Call to mind the time in the Garden of Eden before shame entered the world.
- Look at and meditate on the nails/wounds in his feet. Call to mind the fact that he trampled over death.
- Look at and meditate on the wound on his right side. Look at the blood and water outpouring – the water and blood of eternal life.
- Look at and meditate on his Sacred Heart. Allow yourself to rest in it. Feel what it feels like to be consumed by his great love.
End by giving gratitude for this sacred time. Focus on your breath for many cycles and come back into current time. Know that you are always in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is always in you.