Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The Transformation of the Cross
Once a symbol of shame, punishment and death, it is now the hope of our salvation. Just as he transformed the cross, He will, by His death and resurrection, transform us, if we let Him. I love the title of this feast - The Exultation of the Holy Cross.
It is the antithesis of everything the world stands for.
Because by it, oh Lord, You have redeemed the world. Because God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son. But the world does not love either of You back as You deserve.
St. Therese looked forward to Heaven for one reason - love. Not for release from this exile, or from her suffering, or even curiosity. She wanted to love God so much, that she wished to spend her Heaven winning souls for Him. She understood the words He spoke from the cross were not borne out of physical suffering but from the pain His Sacred Heart endures from being loved so little.
It is so hard sometimes to carry on with even the smallest trials, but we have only to look at Him with His arms extended to see how much He loved us then and loves us still.
And it is so fitting that The Little Flower should always be depicted with the crucifix carried lovingly in her arms.