Our loving Father, today we celebrate the unique Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
It is so unique because when we come to think of it, how could two pieces of wood that are very ordinary things in life became the means to express to us your immense love through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross? It is so unique for how can two pieces of wood used to punish people now remind us of how you “so loved the world that you gave your only Son, so that he who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life (Jn.3:16)”?
In the cross is hidden the power of your love to transform us to better persons. In the cross is hidden the power to lead us closer to you with its vertical beam and to others with its horizontal beam. In the cross is the power of good if we choose to embrace it and be subjected to you in Christ Jesus as our Lord and Master.
What is most unique with the Cross, O God, is that underneath its ordinariness, that is where we see your glory and your majesty. Underneath the Cross of darkness and gloom, that is where we see glimpses of light and hope. And underneath the Cross of sufferings and death, we get to feel assured of the resurrection.
Give us the grace, O God, to always embrace the Cross like your Son Jesus Christ where we can all be empty of ourselves to be filled with your Spirit to make your love visible in us. Amen.Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022.
Photo by the author, Fourth Sunday of Lent in our Parish, 11 March 2018.