Friendship with Christ

Christ on the cross bows his head,
Waiting for you,
That he may kiss you,
His arms are outstretched,
That he may embrace you,
His hands are open,
That he may enrich you,
His body spread out,
That he may give himself totally,
His feet are nailed,
That he may stay there,
His side is open for you,
That he may let you enter there.

— Saint Bonaventure, Soliloquy

What a powerful image of friendship, of relationship with Jesus! How could some Christians ever take the corpus off the Cross? Kenosis, a total giving over, that is what the three Persons of the Trinity do/are, that is what Jesus is offering us, that is what He is calling us to, to total and complete relationship. We cannot give ourselves over completely yet, but He will help us, perfect us. Thank you.