Forwarded by: <Intercessors.Network@...> "And they Crucified Him" -by Art Katz. Only the Cross can effectually crucify the world from us and we from it. The world is too much with us, because the Cross has been neglected in our understanding and in our experience. Nothing less than the Cross can separate us from a world that is powerfully seductive, at enmity with God, and lying in the Wicked One. How many of you believe me even as I say these things? I do not mean 'acknowledge'; I mean 'believe'-to the point where your heart winces, where if you touch any aspect of the world a shudder runs up your spine; that the world is as abominable to you as it is to God. And I am not just speaking about its ugliest vices; I am speaking also about those things that are equally of the world which are applauded as virtue and as good." "A writer says that 'The Cross is the utterly incommensurable factor in the revelation of God,' and that 'we have become far too used to it.' We have made a theory of salvation out of it, but that is not the Cross. We have sentimentalized and distorted and taken the sting out of it; we have negated its death and suffering. It needs to be recalled as an event, and we need to make it for ourselves an event. The central, pivotal, event of all our faith and life. All must go dark for us, become as night in the daytime of our comfortable religious understanding.