Somehow no matter how many times we’ve heard it, it is not what we were expecting... The cross comes out of nowhere, like a thunderbolt from a clear blue sky. Of course, Jesus knew the cross was coming; he warned us a hundred different ways, but we didn’t see it. We didn’t see it because we didn’t want to see it. We didn’t see it coming, but the cross comes all the same. ...The cross of Jesus Christ shows us something that we absolutely must understand about the human condition. The passion of Christ shows us that the shadow of the cross will fall on every human life. The cross shows us that suffering in this life is unavoidable. In fact it shows us that the closer we’re following Christ, the more likely we are to share in his suffering.