Friday, September 14, 2007
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
This feast commemorates the finding of the true Cross by Constantine's mother, Saint Helen, in the fourth century. Paul says in Galatians: "We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life, and our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free."
The first reading from Paul's letter to the Philippians (2:6-11) reminds us that
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself ...becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him...
The death of Jesus on the cross was to save us from our sins. As the Gospel today (John 3) tells us: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him...might have eternal life.
The cross is a mystery that I cannot really understand. I can only repeat:
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross you have redeemed the world.