This feast of the Triumph of the Cross is a special one for Passionists. It goes to the heart of our charism, living out the Passion of Christ in our lives and ministries, and to the heart of the calling of all Christians.
The Gospel reading tells us that “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in him.” Today’s first reading tells of Moses making a bronze serpent at God’s command and mounting in on a pole so that the disobedient people who were bitten by poisonous snakes as punishment for their sins might look on it and live. Our Gospel sees this as a prefiguring of Jesus being lifted up on the cross so that all who look upon him with faith can be saved from eternal death.
The cross, an instrument of suffering and death is transformed into a sign of life. Take some time to think about this, and resolve to take up your cross daily, in imitation of Christ. Take a moment to look at a crucifix on this feast. Thank God for all he has done for you. Offer up your ordinary sufferings for the sake of your sisters and brothers.