The Exaltation of the Cross (2021)

Today, September 14   is the feast of the Elevation of the Cross.

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For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)

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Fr Matthew Baker writes:

“… the Word assumed our human nature in order to heal it.  He assumed it body and soul, He assumed it in a humble self-emptying, offering to the Father, not a debt of pain to be paid to an offended master, but rather a sacrifice of obedience, which turns into a sacrifice of glory offered by our race’s high priest, to the Father alone.”

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“The death on the Cross was a sacrifice, of which Christ was both offered and offering, priest and victim.  Begun on earth, it is consummated in heaven, ‘where Christ presented and is still presenting us to God, as the eternal Hight Priest.‘   Christ’s sacrifice is more than just love, but ‘a sacramental action, a liturgical office,’ offered ‘not only for the remission of sins, but also for our glorification‘ (Georges Florovsky).”  (ON THE TREE OF THE CROSS, p 116)