VALUE OF CHRIST’S SACRIFICE (CCC 616- 617)
616: It is love “to the end” [John 13:1] that confers on Christ’s sacrifice its value as redemption and reparation, as atonement and satisfaction. He knew and loved us all when he offered his life. [Cf. Gal 2:20; Ephesians 5:2, 25] Now “the love of Christ controls us, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.” [2 Corinthians 5:14] No man, not even the holiest, was ever able to take on himself the sins of all men and offer himself as a sacrifice for all. The existence in Christ of the divine person of the Son, who at once surpasses and embraces all human persons, and constitutes himself as the Head of all mankind, makes possible his redemptive sacrifice for all. [478, 468, 519]
617: The Council of Trent emphasizes the unique character of Christ’s sacrifice as “the source of eternal salvation” [Hebrew 5:9] and teaches that “his most holy Passion on the wood of the cross merited justification for us.” [Council of Trent: DS 1529] And the Church venerates his cross as she sings: “Hail, O Cross, our only hope.” [LH, Lent, Holy Week, Evening Prayer, Hymn Vexilla Regis] [1992, 1235]
Redemption: the action of saving or being saved from sin, error, or evil. [Online dictionary]
Suffering purges, it mortifies. It brings one down to earth. Christ has given an example for us to follow by being hung on the cross. He lay his life for his fellow men. Christ has set a precedence of humility and sacrifice so that his followers do not feel strange following those steps. He overcame the world. We will overcome the world in this way too. We lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. We make sacrifices and we mortify our flesh. We get comfortable with shame. We get comfortable with humiliation. We suffer with those who suffer. This is the way we overcome our faults. As the church sings “Hail O Cross our holy hope”, we embrace the cross and its salvific capacity.