Something to Make You Think
Often I am asked or come to ponder some of the differences between Catholics and nonCatholics. One of the more interesting aspects is the traditional Protestant denial of having crosses of any kind or more recently a bare cross versus the Corpus Christi displayed in Catholic Churches. The protestant will contend that the Corpus Christi on the cross is gloomy and that it should not be there. The contention of no cross or a bare cross is focused upon the resurrection and Christ enthroned now in heaven. The Catholic would point out that the crucifix is an important symbol and fixture of the paschal mystery.
However, the key idea there is "now". For what is "now" to God, the divine now as it were? Though Christ died on the cross, His divine nature, being eternal did not. Given the divine nature, would not every moment be the now for the divine? The crucifixtion is as much now to the divine at our current moment than it was 2,000 or so years ago. Same goes for the resurrection. So there really shouldn't be a problem between Catholics and traditional protestants over the crucifix or the bare cross (or no cross), all are part of the divine now, just viewed from a dfferent aspect of the human concept of time.
It is also this divine now that brings together the whole Catholic understanding of the sacrament of communion. It is how Christ can proclaim the bread and wine as His body and blood even though He has not, in human time, been put to death. It is a divine happening and at the moment of the Last Supper and the consecration, the sacrifice of the cross and the resurrection and even His whole life are as much a part of the moment as what is occurring and visible to the human's at the table. It is also that divine now that allows that sacrifice to re-presented in communion today as validly as it was then. It is not a re-crucifixition of Christ, because to the divine nature it is still then, now.
So when will then be now? Soon. Because we're at now, now. Hmmm, the Theology of Spaceballs...might be a good selling book?