Cross: a symbol of death … and life eternal

First, some pick-up lines:

Do you believe in love at first sight or should I walk by again?
Do you know why I can’t see any stars tonight? You outshine them.
Did you know you’re like my blood… you’re A+ and always in my heart
Did you just fart? Cause you blew me away!

Pick-up lines have been in the limelight of late. This is so because of our attachment to symbols.

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Symbols are fundamentally important not because of what they are, but because of what they stand for.

This Sunday, the Church marks the Exaltation of the Cross. In our Gospel, we get a glimpse of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus, a Pharisee. Jesus tells him “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

Before this conversation takes place, John narrated that Jesus’ reputation as a wonder worker has preceded Himself; many came to believe in Jesus because of the signs He did (2:23-25).

Today, we exalt the cross not because it is the cross, but because Jesus’ dying in it makes it possible for the Father to gift us with life eternal.

Cross communicates pain and death, but looking at the life of Christ, we realize that only through it can we experience the joy of resurrection.

True, we don’t like the sensation of pain and we do not like the feeling of being hurt, but avoiding these makes us also conscious in crossing out love in the equation.

But when we are called to become heroes, we do not just calculate that we are going to risk an arm or a leg as a consequence, we risk of letting go of our entire selves.

And if anything, this is what the symbol of cross tells us: Consider that when God gives, He gives nothing short of Himself: Jesus’ life came to an end so that we may live our own.

What kind of life do we gift Him with?

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