A short time ago, Father Hoffa had a large Crucifix installed on the back wall of the choir loft. The other night my mind was racing with thoughts of the coronavirus. I put on the television to take my mind off it. I came across a movie I have seen before. The movie was, “The Blind Side.” The film tells the story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family. Michael was a homeless African American teenager who the Tuohy’s took into their family.
There is a part in that movie when Leigh Anne Tuohy is feeling scared when she and Michael are walking in a part of the city that she was not used to. She asked Michael if he would protect her. Michael’s response gave her comfort. “I got your back.” At that moment, my mind thought of the Crucifix in the back of our church and a symbolism that had escaped me until that moment.
For most people, they may see that Crucifix when they come in or out of our church for Mass. For the most part, that Crucifix is at their backs. A Crucifix is a reminder that Jesus loves all of us. He loves us so much that he came into the world and took human form, knowing He would die on a Cross for us.
I do not know what the future holds for any of us. What I do know is that just as Michael had Leigh Anne’s back, Jesus has ours. With the love of Jesus behind us, we can face what lies in front of us.
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