The Lord Jesus Christ put aside his divine status and power in order to free us from slavery to sin and death.
His obedience to the Father turned the Cross from a symbol of shame and death into a sign of salvation, a beacon of hope and an instrument of glory. By the Wood of the Cross we are set free; all who look upon the Crucified One and believe are saved.
Our God is a God of mercy and compassion whose love triumphs over the worst that evil can do. This victory is not simply an idea or something that happens only in heaven. This feast day celebrates the reality that God’s saving power is at work in our world already. As the Scripture reminds us, Jesus made an enormous sacrifice, and that for one single purpose: to bring God’s freedom to the world, to let it be known as something possible for each and every one of us. The Cross, transformed by Christ into the great instrument of life, recalls for us the reality that we live as God’s children. That is, no matter what difficulty or evil we face, it is nothing compared to the power of God, and God is still with us. And his great desire is that we share in Christ’s victory and glory.
Even though the Lord led them out of Egypt and provided for their every need, the people in today’s first reading were complaining and ungrateful. How do I make deliberate /conscious gratitude a normal part of my life? What difference does it make?
This past week we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for some firty young people of our parish at St. Augustine Parish on Baseline Road. They began their preparation last November, when they were in Grade Six. Our congratulations to them and our thanks to their parents, teachers and all others who made these celebrations possible. Our thanks also to Fr. Paul Shepherd and the Parish of St. Augustine for their gracious hospitality.
May Christ fill us with his life and let us know the power of the triumphant Cross of love in our own lives.