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The Cross is the Tree of life...

You made the cross the tree of life
- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism…

Is this a direct reference to the tree in Genesis? Which was forbidden to touch till Christ came? The cross is the fullness of time and baptism - to know and to love Christ - allows us to "bear fruits" when we carry the cross of life…

This is remarkable.
This is truly amazing.

I understand better, now as I am older, the beauty of obeying even without understanding, the need to obey "with love", with complete trust. It looks to me that this type of obedience is definitively one notch above the other two kinds.

First you can obey because what is being asked of you makes sense. You agree with it, you get it and you do it. That's the practical kind. Or, raising the bar, you could obey even if you don't understand it but because that is what is required of you and you agreed to it beforehand; let's say in the military, or in any hierarchy, work or school, so your response is out of a sense of responsibility, it is the disciplined kind of obedience.

But there is one more notch and that is when you obey out of love, when you give yourself over completely to the one making the demand, when your love and trust is so profound that it goes beyond your own comprehension and it seeks only to fulfill the demand. This type of obedience entered the world with the Passion of Christ and it is the key to the mystery of suffering. Because of our own baptism, we now understand the fruits of obedience done in sacrificial love. This is the highest and most matured kind of obedience.
It just happens to be very similar to the way of the "little children"…
It is all about love. And faith.
And the grace of God vibrating through the creation.
And baptism being the one spark touching our souls and calling it into the great chorus so we can bear fruits for the world.

You made the cross the tree of life
- give its fruit to those reborn in baptism…

Intercessions of the Morning Prayers - Liturgy of the Hours (Friday after Ash Wednesday).
Abricot Branch in Santa Cruz in July 2007


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