GOSPEL OF THE CROSS Cross is a sign of contradiction and causes confusion. When we try to avoid cross and suffering by all means, we are rejecting the Crucified Lord. Gospel of wealth and prosperity is more attractive than the invitation to partake in His suffering. The temptation to win the crown without the cross is today greater than ever. When we give into that temptation we are missing the essence of Christian discipleship. The message of the Cross is the message of salvation. The search for this message in the light of the Word of God leads us to the forgotten but central message of the Cross.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Michael Karimattam, a Catholic Priest, belonging to the Archdiocese of Tellicherry, Kerala, India. Born 1942; ordained priest, Rome 1968; holds a Licentiate in Theology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. Has served as one of the three Chief Editors of the POC Malayalam Bible; 15 years as Director, Bible Apostolate of Tellicherry; 4 years as Principal of Divine Bible College, Muringoor. Since 2002 teaches Scripture at the Marymatha Major Seminary, Trichur, India.