I just got back from teaching catechism at my parish. The theme was the Resurrection, but in order to talk about the Resurrection and be able to say anything, you have to talk about the Crucifixion and the nature of Christ.
“Why did Jesus go to the Cross?”
Most of them had heard that Jesus went to the Cross to save us from our sins.
“Okay, but how does Jesus going to the Cross save us from our sins? What’s that got to do with anything?”
That stumped them.
And then one of the kids blurted out: “Maybe Jesus’ death was like a black hole, and it just sucked away all the sin?”
I don’t know about y’all, but I think this is about as good as any of us could put it.
I couldn’t resist, so I also gave them the Poisonous Eucharist story. “Ew! Gross!” They thought the name “Chrysostom” was very funny.
So there you have it: from the mouths of babes…