September 14, 2020

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

If the Israelites were on vacation with Moses as a tour guide, their complaints about the food and the itinerary might be justified. But this was not an ordinary trip, and neither is ours. Our journeys through our own deserts lead us to wonder who is guiding this trip. We have to give ourselves an answer, and more importantly, is it one we can live with? If I am the sole guide of my own life, how is that working? We may eventually complain, “We are disgusted with this wretched food.” So, what have we been feeding on? There is retribution that, like the Israelites, brings a change. Not that we are going to be physically attacked by snakes, but whatever our metaphorical snakes may be, they will bite at us, and we will realize we need a better guide. God saved the Israelites—again, and the journey story continues.

Moses lifted up the brazen snake, and God saved them; the Son of Man, the prophesied guide, is the one who is to be lifted up “so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” The lifting of the cross challenges us to accept that we are in a love story. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” We are challenged to believe this. We are challenged to accept the word of God as our truth, our guide. And we are challenged to bow down and humble ourselves before him. Today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross humbles us so that “every knee should bend” because God exalted his Son, who has saved us from wandering the desert looking for our guide. Stand at the cross and know this.

Let Us Pray:

Lord, we praise you for your mercy and your love. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because, by your cross, you have redeemed the world.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.