The Exaltation of the Cross
Every year on the 14th of September the church celebrates the Exaltation of the Cross, the symbol of our reconciliation, healing and redemption. This year the feast falls on a Friday, the day on which the Church would naturally be keeping memory of the day of our Lord’s passion and death.
This feast allows us to reflect on the cross of Christ in the light of the resurrection. In that light, the cross is the place of Christ’s victory and exaltation. Convinced of this, St. Paul made the cross of Christ the hallmark of his preaching and the sole object of his boasting, “But may I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal 6:14).
In today’s second reading from the letter to the Philippians, Paul, quoting from an early Christian hymn, says of Jesus “he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). For Paul, this statement eloquently expresses the selflessness of Jesus and he offers it as a model of self-giving to be emulated by the community of believers.
In St. Peter Julian we see an example of self-giving that is especially motivating for all the members of the Eymardian family and we seek to follow his path of selflessness to the point where we too can say with him and Saint Paul, that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20).
Today, as you make the sign of the cross, reflect on its meaning with renewed fervor.
Let Us Pray:
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Cross you have redeemed the world. (Gospel Acclamation at Mass today.)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)