This Sunday is Holy Cross Day (moved from its September 14 date so that we can celebrate together). In some circles, we specify the "exaltation of the Holy Cross". Exalting the Holy Cross is, really, exalting Jesus who pours forth Himself in love on the Cross. The Cross-despite its exteriorly tragic aspect, and beyond it being an event in time-is a mystery of eternal love. This is why Jesus can say, "when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself". To speak of drawing or attraction is to speak of love.
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.
From the desk of the Rector