Today we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Exaltation is defined as a “feeling or state of extreme happiness” or “the action of elevating someone in rank, power or character” (Merriam-Webster). The cross is but a mere instrument of pain and death. It is only celebrated and generates happiness because of who is elevated on it — Jesus the Christ — the spotless Lamb who died so that our sins can be forgiven. The crucified Christ is foreshadowed by Moses’ elevation of a bronze serpent. Anyone who was bitten by a serpent and looked on the raised image would live (Nm. 21:8-9). When we yield to the Devil’s poison, who bites us with temptations, we will die. But when we choose to ‘look’ on Jesus on the cross and believe in His power, we will experience healing and be granted eternal life (Jn. 3:16-17). Rejoice in the Lord always and forever. Lord Jesus, You came to save me from my sins by dying on the cross. May I always elevate Your loving sacrifice in my mind and heart, so that my entire life may be an altar of praise and thanksgiving. Amen.