Good Friday approaches, and still it is difficult to understand the conditions that made it possible for Jesus to be crucified.
Morton Kelsey reflects on the banality of evil when he considers the things that crucified Jesus:
They were not the wild viciousness or sadistic brutally of naked hate, but the civilized vices of cowardice, bigotry, impatience, timidity, falsehood, indifference – vices we all share, the very vices which crucify human beings today.
This destructiveness within us can seldom be transformed until we squarely face it in ourselves. This confrontation often leads us into the pit. The empty cross is planted there to remind us that suffering is real but not the end. that victory is possible if we strive on.
The Cross and the Cellar, by Morton T. Kelsey quoted in “Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter“