Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, the greatest Romanian theologian of the 20th century, talks about the effect of the Cross in our lives, the self-sacrifice of one for another.
Audio recording: Bucharest, 1990.
Subtitles: English, Romanian
Fr. Dumitru Staniloae:
Our Savior’s Passion is the proof of the greatest love of God for men. The Son of God Himself, seeing us sinking down into a meaningless life, a selfish life, a painful lack of unity between us, He came and showed us the way we can get out of this. He made Himself man, but man without sin… His love was not only manifested by this humbleness of becoming human and showing us the example of a human, but it was manifested in His sacrifice for us, accepting death on the Cross, for only the one who is willing to die for others is the one who loves fully.
The Passion of Christ is the sign of the greatest love of the Son of God for men when He accepted to become like them and to remain man for ever and ever. He entered the eternity in His state of sacrifice, He went to the Father’s Right hand, He offered sacrifice to the Father for us to give us an example of how we should live and how far we should go with His love, sacrificing one for another.
That is why the Cross is the means through which the Savior raised us, through which He could overcome death, because only by the supreme love manifested in His sacrifice, sacrifice of the only-begotten Son of God, He could overcome death.