Along the walls of the Church are placed the “Stations of the Cross.” For most of the year they are often seen as an ornament to the building to be used at Lenten and Good Friday devotions. Almost daily, however, there are a few individuals who can be seen quietly and prayerfully making this journey. It is not an easy journey – for it is filled with condemnation, multiple falls and even death. It is also a journey filled with comfort, assistance and hope. Such is the journey of suffering, death and resurrection, the Paschal Mystery.
Catholics have long found meaning in redemptive suffering. While none of us might choose to suffer, when a “cross” comes our way we embrace it with faith, dignity and hope. We often offer our sufferings for the benefit of others because we belong to Christ Jesus and that is what Christians do! We find solace in the knowledge that “The Cross” has brought us redemption and forgiveness.
And so, on this Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross we pray:
O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven.
The second collection today will be given to Catholic Relief Services through the Diocese for humanitarian aid for those deeply affected by recent events in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and the surrounding countries.
May the week ahead be filled with many blessings!