Before His Passion, Jesus Christ said: "Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." (John 12:31-32)
I first heard this little story on the Sunday of the Cross in 1983.
A little boy grew up on the shores of Lake Erie. He used to play in the quarries but sometimes worried that he might not find his way home. His father told him to look for the distinctive dome with the cross on top of the Greek Catholic church. He told his son: "Look toward the cross. Follow the cross and it will always lead you home."
Today on the Third Sunday of the Great Fast we reach the crossroads at the midpoint of our journey. We have come half way. We still have a distance to travel to the Resurrection.
Today the priest plants the Cross of Christ in the middle of the church.
Today we decorate the Cross with greens and flowers.
Today we prostrate before the Cross and we sing:
"We bow to Your Cross, O Lord, and we glorify Your holy Resurrection!"
Today we sign ourselves with the Cross.
Today we are reminded the Cross of Christ is the only way to the Resurrection of Christ.
Today we are reminded of the commandment of Christ: "Take up your cross and follow after Me."
Today the Cross is not a symbol of fear, of death, and of hate.
Today the Cross is a sign of comfort, of resurrection, and of love.
Today we are reminded: "Look toward the Cross. Follow the Cross and it will always lead you home."
Let us follow the Cross to the Resurrection, first the earthly celebration of Pascha and ultimately the heavenly home of our eternal rest.
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