Did you know that today, September 14, Catholics from all around the world are celebrating the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross?
A representation of Christ’s victorious mission, the Triumph of the Cross commemorates God’s divine love that brought salvation to mankind. This message was what Pope Francis himself emphasized during his homily to the mystery of the Cross in 2013.
“Today we look upon the Cross, the story of mankind, and the story of God. We look upon this Cross, where you can try that honey of aloe, that bitter honey, that bittersweetness of the sacrifice of Jesus,” said Lolo Kiko.
The Pope also pointed out that despite humanity’s sins, God chose to “take up the story” of mankind, “to journey with us,” through his Son, Jesus Christ. (Read: 7 Inspirational Prayers From the Holy Bible)
As stated in Genesis, the first sin of the world was committed by eating from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This was reversed after Jesus Christ was incarnated and brought salvation into the world through a different kind of tree: the wood of the Cross.
“This tree of the Cross saves us, all of us,” Pope Francis says. “(It saved us) from the consequences of that other tree, where self-sufficiency, arrogance, the pride of us wanting to know all things according to our own mentality, according to our own criteria, and also according to that presumption of being and becoming the only judges of the world.”
In the future, and at every moment of the cross, may we let Jesus triumph!
The Triumph of the Cross
Let us pause for a moment.
Look at your cross and think of everyone who hurt you.
Think of every moment when you were sad.
Think of every occasion when things went wrong with you.
Think of all such circumstances in your lives.
In such moments, you thought you were unfortunate. But it is in such moments that you and I were fortunate.
We were fortunate because we were sharing in the triumph of the cross.
In the future, at every moment of the cross, let Jesus triumph!
Let the crucified Lord triumph in our lives.
Prayer from catholicprayerstotheworld.blogspot.com.