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The Cross of Christ…

September 14th:

Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world!

The cross is Christ’s glory and triumph
Discourse of St Andrew of Crete:

We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light. As we keep this feast, we are lifted up with the crucified Christ, leaving behind us earth and sin so that we may gain the things above. So great and outstanding a possession is the cross that he who wins it has won a treasure. Rightly could I call this treasure the fairest of all fair things and the costliest, in fact as well as in name, for on it and through it and for its sake the riches of salvation that had been lost were restored to us…

Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing.
The cross is called Christ’s glory; it is saluted as his triumph. We recognise it as the cup he longed to drink and the climax of the sufferings he endured for our sake. As to the cross being Christ’s glory, listen to his words: Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in him God is glorified, and God will glorify him at once. And again: Father, glorify me with the glory I had with you before the world came to be. And once more: “Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” Here he speaks of the glory that would accrue to him through the cross. And if you would understand that the cross is Christ’s triumph, hear what he himself also said: When I am lifted up, then I will draw all men to myself. Now you can see that the cross is Christ’s glory and triumph. It should also be our glory & triumph, but only if united with Jesus.

Where does the Cross fit in your life? Literally &/or Figuratively?

Do you wear this symbol of your Faith? How do you accept the Cross when it comes your way? Do you see the Cross & Christ together or is it just a plain symbol with no other meaning than life is now “rough?” As jewelry is it a nice design like so many others or does it mean something more to you? If it feels too heavy, turn to Jesus, He understands… it weighed Him down too. Be united with Christ & His Cross – in it is our life, our love, our salvation…

Lift high the Cross … Exalt the Cross of Christ!

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018