What exactly do we mean when we say that Jesus died for our sins? What are the implications of his death for our lives today?
In Jesus on the Cross: WHY? author Philip St. Romain elaborates an understanding of the crucifixion that makes sense today, and shows how this understanding and appreciation of the cross can make a difference in people’s lives.
“I seldom hear the cross discussed from the pulpit,” explains the author, “and I find a great confusion among many people concerning its meaning.” He insists that piously reciting the usual formulas is no longer meaningful to most people.
St. Romain’s reflections focus on several themes, including the crucifixion as a fulfillment of the Jewish tradition of suffering servant; as a new covenant between God and human beings; as an expiatory sacrifice; as a means of breaking the power of sin; and as a lesson on how we can grow through our own times of suffering.
His discussions are carried on in pastoral terms derived from scripture and his experience of living and working in the world. Most chapters include a section on catechetical considerations of a renewed understanding of the crucifixion, as well as questions for personal reflection and discussion.
St. Romain continues the approach he established in his book on the Resurrection, Jesus Alive in Our Lives, of reaching toward the will and devotion of an intelligent post-Vatican Council readership.
First edition by Ave Maria Press, 1987.
Revised and published by Contemplative Ministries, Inc. 2011.