By: Bernadette Parrott
Welcome to our Faith Renewal Series that is exploring The ABCs of Being Catholic. We are invited on a journey through the alphabet to explore Catholic terms, beliefs, and traditions. In this post we focus on the letter “X”.
XC or XCS
August 26, 2021
X Marks the Spot
Simply stated, these letters represent the first, middle and last letters of the Greek name – Christus – Christ. The Anointed One. Jesus.
On November 30 60AD, by order from the Roman governor Aegeas, St. Andrew was to die by crucifixion upon a cross. He pleaded to have the cross placed on its side, as he felt unworthy to be crucified in the same manner of Jesus. He was tied to an X-shaped cross in Greece and crucified.
When we mark ourselves with the Sign of the Cross we recall the sacrifice of Jesus, we mark ourselves as a disciple. Perhaps we too, should follow in the footsteps of St. Andrew, and, every time, we make the Sign of Cross, remember that we are not worthy of this great sacrifice. It was a gift – a gift of indescribable love.
Perhaps, every time we see an “x”, we can also remember we are children of a loving God, and like St. Andrew, plead that our death will be a ‘happy’ death – one where we are united to God because Jesus’ great sacrifice was made just for each and every one of us.
Are you looking for the end of the rainbow, the spot marked with an “x”, the treasure?
Perhaps who you are really looking for is the real treasure without price: XCS, Christus, Christ, the Anointed One. Jesus.