The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
John 3: 13-17
Today we celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross because we are people of the Cross. Our Christian’s lives begin at the time of baptism with the signing of the Cross on our foreheads, and our Christian’s lives will end with the signing of the Cross on our foreheads at the time of Last Rites. All the days in between are filled with moments of the Cross, as we blessed ourselves with holy water as we came into the chapel, and as we leave, we will make to sign of the Cross. Mass today began with the making of the sign of the Cross, and it will end with the making of the sign of the Cross.
But it was not always like this. In ancient times the Romans used the Cross to strike fear into people as the Cross was used to put people to death. To be hung on a cross would be the worst way to die because it would take days, and then you would die from not being able to breathe anymore.
So why do we celebrate the Triumph of the Cross because Jesus Christ changes everything in his life, death, and resurrection? Jesus turns a sign of torture and death into a sign of victory and peace. And for us as Catholics we should know that we have the corpse of Jesus on the Cross to be reminded of his life, death, and resurrection. This is very important for us!
My friends in Christ, when we are suffering in torture and death we need to come to the Cross and come to know the victory and peace of Jesus Christ.