Tough Love

THE CHALLENGE OF THE CROSS

In Christianity, both God’s love for us and the love we are to have for one another are linked to the Cross. In his discourse at the Last Supper, Jesus said: “There is no greater love than this, that a man lays his life down for his friends” (John 15:13). But at Gethsemane he prayed to be spared this, and was answered with silence. We pray, “Do not put us to the test,” and it is all right for us to ask not to be crucified. But there are times when the answer will be...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.