St. Leo the Great (pope from 440-461) says that "the Cross is the source of all blessings, the cause of all graces. Through the Cross, we receive strength from weakness, glory from dishonor, life from death."
This Sunday, we gather, in a special way, around the Crucified and Glorified One, our Friend and Savior, Jesus. Like those who gazed upon the serpent of bronze fashioned by Moses in the desert and were healed (Numbers 21), we gaze upon, stand in awe of, and adore our Lord. In so doing, we allow Him to take hold of and heal us.