14 Sep 2019; Cross the symbol of God’s Redemptive Action

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Readings: Nn 21:4B-9, 2Phil 2:6-11, Jn 3:13-1

Cross is the symbol of Christianity. Christ hung on the cross for the redemption of the entire humanity’s. The sign of the cross has become so part of our life that often we begin and end our day with it. But does this sign become part and parcel of our life is often a question mark. Once a priest was traveling by train. As usual, he began his journey with the sign of the cross. A fellow traveler was curious and asked the priest the meaning of the sign of the cross. The priest gave him a theological explanation quoting the Bible and teachings of the Church. The man was not happy as he hardly understood theology. Meanwhile, another passenger was listening to all that was taking place and came up with an answer, which turned out to be the highlight of the conversation. He said, Sign of the Cross refers to “Christ came down from heaven, to save those who are on the left and bring them to right.” Very simple reply but deeply penetrating. The cross reminds us of the salvific work of God, who came in search of the abandoned and lost, to bring them back to the flock. It is through this sign that we are redeemed. May this sign of the cross that we perform everyday give meaning to our lives. Amen.

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