The Cross is nothing other than the love of God. The Cross that we venerate is not a symbol of death but rather a symbol of life-giving love, of divine love! St. Paul, writing to the Romans about sixty years after Christ's death, declared, "But see how God manifested his love for us: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom 5: 8) Yes, because of God's love for us and our world, we can see how the Cross of the Lord stands revealed as the tree of life!
What remains for us is the challenge the Lord handed on to us, "Now I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn 13: 34- 35)