Did you know that this section of the sanctuary in the Notre Dame Cathedral is still intact after the horrifying fire on Monday?
I saw an AP news report today that showed this scene amidst soot and rubble, collapsed ceiling and lead from the steeple above. But the cross was still there.
That intact pieta sculpture (Jesus after the crucifixion, on Mary’s lap) at the foot of the cross, also intact, reminded me that the Notre Dame cathedral caught this devastating fire only 4 days before Good Friday, and 6 days before Easter Sunday.
How untimely for the accident to happen the week before Easter Sunday, but perhaps the lost will turn to God through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose again to give us eternal life. It is not the church or a building that saves our souls. It is Jesus Christ who can save us, and only Him alone.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
I’m confident that they will rebuild the cathedral. The President of France said that he hoped it will be rebuilt in five years. Also, it looks like Paris is investigating the cause of the fire (50 investigators mobilized, apparently), even though they had initially ruled out arson.
In Christ alone,