Today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
The cross was a terrible tool of execution used by the Romans. It was reserved for non-Roman citizens such as runaway slaves and for the execution of Criminal barbarians.
A person was hung upon the cross and left to die a painful death which lingered on till the person normally died of suffocation as they ran out of energy to keep pushing themselves up to breathe.
Jesus truly human and truly God among us identifies with us in our pain and death. He died rather than betray His Mission of fulfilling God’s plan of salvation for humanity and the world. He remained true to His commitment even though it meant being betrayed, and suffering enormous physical and spiritual pain.
The ugliness of the Cross is transformed into the hope of resurrection.
Today’s feast reminds us of God’s unconditional love for us.
It also reminds us that there are no shortcuts to commitment and to dealing with challenges in life. We are reminded not to run away from problems that we need to face and deal with, with the Grace of God.
We are also invited by Jesus to take up our cross every day and follow Him.