"If he is the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and we will believe in him...
When the bystanders saw that he was not coming down from the cross at their derisive remarks, when they saw him dying, they believed they had prevailed. They rejoiced as if they had consigned his name to oblivion. But see how his name has increased throughout the world, how the multitude which rejoiced over his slaying now grieves over his death! They perceive that it is through his suffering that Christ has arrived at glory."
St. Gregory the Great
(Photo of the Altar of the Crucifixion, Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura, CA. Praying there, I became acutely aware of Christ's identification with our sufferings and had a life changing experience of his power).