Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross. ( 14th September)

Two great events took place in the year 300. The finding of the cross
of Jesus by the empress ST.Helena, and the building and dedication of
the church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, by her son Constantine
the Great, who gave freedom of religion. These events are celebrated
under the title, ‘The Exaltation or the Triumph of the Cross’.
The cross of Jesus, reversed the act of pride and disobedience of our
first parents, Adam and Eve.  This tree of the Cross gives life; it is Maltese cross
a tree of hope and victory.
This cross awaited  Jesus in the City of  Jerusalem. Jesus embraced it
and finally died on it. Here, the love of God was laid bare for all to
see. Jesus, the full and complete revelation of God, cried out, ” It
is finished”. Here, on mount Calvary, victory was achieved through the
wood of the cross of Jesus.

It is for this reason that on Good Friday we venerate the Cross, not
the crucifix . The crucified  Jesus with its memory of the bloody body
and crown of thorns, has been transformed  into the Cross, the sign of
Christ’s victory over sin and death. The early Church emphasized the

crucifix less and the resurrection more.
 The cross was called  ‘ Crux  gemmata , the jeweled  Cross’.  The
wooden cross was adorned with flowers and jewels. The corpus hanging
on the cross came much later. In the liturgy we declare that ChristFr David Image for Blog
has died, but immediately  we say, ‘ Christ is risen’.
ST. Paul, writing to the Corinthians says, “We preach Christ
crucified–a stumbling block to the Jews, and an absurdity to the
gentiles; but to those who are called, Jews and Gentiles alike, Christ
the power of God and the wisdom of God” and again.”We glory in the
Cross of our Savior, Jesus Christ”.
 
Prayer:God our Father,
in obedience to you your only Son accepted death on a cross for the salvation of mankind.
We acknowledge the mystery of the cross on earth.
May we receive the gift of redemption in heaven. 
Amen.
                                              God bless you and yours.
                                                 FR. David, O.P.