When St Francis received the stigmata in 1224, he received not only the marks of the cross on his body but, far more importantly, he received the marks of the cross made by love in his heart. Only love, Fr Peter explains, can make pain and suffering meaningful; only love can redeem us.
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!”
The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.
Christ Jesus … did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather … he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
[The soldiers] brought him to the place of Golgotha …crucified him and divided his garments [among them].