Fr. Howard Thompson
If you were to choose between someone who died and rose again, as opposed to someone who died but was never physically experienced after death, who would you follow? If the one who rose from the dead has promised eternal life to those who follow Him and walk in His ways, would you waste time with anyone or anything else?
The above questions bring into stark reality what it means to celebrate the triumph or the exaltation of the cross. Many died on the cross. Our Lord also died on the cross, but was risen afterwards. To gaze on Christ on the cross, as the people gazed on the mounted snake (Jn. 3:13-17), is to see the love of God that leads to life.
Loving Lord, You died so that we may live. Your death reminds us that we too are to take up our cross and put to death that which is not of You nor Your word. As we stare on your elevated cross, may we choose to rise above a culture of death and live as citizens in Your kingdom of eternal life. Amen.
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