Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
The old spiritual is familiar enough. Yet it asks a question that deserves an answer. Were you there?
In a temporal sense, no. We were not there. Christ himself said "It is finished." He was sacrificed once for all on the hill of Golgotha 2000 years ago. We were not there.
It is reasonable enough. We are temporal beings. We are limited. In both duration and direction, our time is limited. We were not there.
But what is time to the Eternal Word? Something far beyond our ability to even conceive. In a mystical sense, the Passion transcends time; the Crucifixion transcends time. We are the mystical Body of Christ. He left us to be his eyes, his hands, here on Earth: to do his Father's will until he comes again.
The choice is ours: to live in his love, or to crucify him. Every time we choose hatred over love we hold him to the cross. We drive in the nails. We stand at the foot of the cross and mock him. Come down from that cross and save yourself! How fortunate for us he did not.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? I think I was.
Sometimes it causes me to tremble.