Behold the wood of the Cross

Last weekend we celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. As Christians we always remember the way that Jesus brought for us salvation. It seems funny to be glad in such a painful manner of death, but it was through that Agony that Jesus redeemed us. “For the sake of His most sorrowful passion, Have mercy on us and upon the whole world!”
The Cross is the symbol for Christianity because of the reasons I have already mentioned. It is a continual reminder of the greatest sacrifice on Earth.

But when you come into a Catholic Church you see a Crucifix. Many protestants say, why should we put Jesus up again on the Cross, for we do not worship the God of the dead but of the living and that Jesus’ sacrifice was once for all time. That is true, we do all worship the God of the living and that Calvary was once and for all time, that is why Jesus is placed upon the Cross. It is a reminder that the power of Christ’s death on the Cross is eternal and is still carrying on today.

The Sign of the Cross is a way we remind ourselves as well. We make the Sign of the Cross in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. When we do this we recollect that God is in our mind when we touch our heads, He is in our hearts when we touch our chest and all around us when we touch each shoulder.

Through Christ’s death on the Cross we are freed from sin and saved from all distress. We look to John 3: 16-17 where it says “16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” We are saved from death thanks to the Cross. We must always remind ourselves this.

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