Crux est mundi medicina


There is an old Christian phrase: Crux est mundi medicina — the Cross is the medicine of the world. This phrase is crucial in that it points to a truth that’s oblivious to many Christians today. 

Medicine is offered to the sick, and a person only gets sick when they fail to take in the right diet, or an external infection affects their body chemistry. The point is that medicine is temporary for an ailment. It’s not supposed to be a permanent fix. What we feed on daily determines to a large extent how healthy we’ll be in life. 

The point I’m trying to raise is that the entire scope of Christianity today revolves in one form or another around the cross. Christians spend quality time explaining the meaning and consequences of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ than they spend unraveling the mystery of his life. We ought to focus more on his life as it points more to how we can be like him; how we can live a healthy life rather than on the cross, which after all is medicine.

I’m not at all saying that the cross is meaningless. After all, we all need to take in medicine at one point or the other in our lives. However, we ought to focus more on our daily habits, such as the food we eat, exercises, etc. All these things keep us healthy always. 

The same applies to Spirituality. We grow by observing some basic daily routine, such as feeding on the right words, meditation, etc. All these things keep our mind stayed on the truth and keep us on the path to being Christ-personified.

The cross may be the medicine of the world, but the mystery of Christ is the diet the world needs.