Blessed Feast Day to Everyone!
Today at Holy Cross we celbrate our parish feastday, which since 1962, has combined three feasts previously observed individually:
1. The Feast of the Discovery of the True Cross
2. The Dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
3. The Recovery of the True Cross after its captivity by the Persians
When we make the Sign of the Cross we honor the Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Think of how many times we make the Sign of the Cross at Mass, including the three small crosses we just signed on our foreheads, lips and hearts as we began the proclamation of the Gospel, reminding ourselves that the Spirit of the Gospel needs to live in our minds, be on our lips and be loved in our hearts.
We will soon have a church shaped like a cross - a fitting embodiment of the community as the Body of Christ and the place we worship as a community being shaped like the Body of Christ.
So, our church will be shaped like a cross, our parish is named for the cross, we sign ourselves with the cross over and over again, what role does the cross play in our daily prayer lives?
We don't necessarily like to think about our sadnesses, disappointments and sufferings - our daily crosses - but it's important to do so in the context of today's celebration. Some of our sufferings are small, almost simply annoyances, some are nearly crushing, some are avoidable and some are not.
Our sufferings should be united with Christ's and our sufferings should be shared when we gather in worship. Not that everyone else needs to know our business, some of our crosses show and some don't, but that we all realize we lighten each other's burdens by gathering a parish of people who have a context for not only for the joys and blessings in our lives, but also our sufferings.