by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
A wonderful story from medieval times traces the wood of the cross on which Jesus died, all the way back to the Garden of Paradise, where God made grow “every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.” (Genesis 2,9) The great tree of Paradise is the “tree of life.”
Seeds from the tree of life, our story goes, were planted from age to age, until the time of Jesus, when a tree produced from one of its seeds provided wood for his cross. Once again, God offers new life through the cross of Jesus, his Son, and invites the human family to return to Paradise.
Here is a story that may help a young child understand that, in spite of appearances, the cross of Jesus brings life and not death.
Illustration: Paul Signac: Le Pin, Saint Tropez, 1892-1893