feast of the exultation of the cross...

Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.

"O cross, you are the glorious sign of victory.
Through your power may we share in the triumph of Christ Jesus."

Last night I was at adoration and I had an opportunity to really look at Our Lord and listen to a wonderful talk given by one of our priests in preparation of tomorrows feast day Our Lady of Sorrows. You see, you can't have one feast without the other. Mary stood at the foot of the cross and wept for her Son, for all humanity. It's one of the reasons I love being Catholic. These feast days throughout the year remind me of who I am and what my God has done for me. They give me pause to stop and pay attention for a moment in the insanity of life.

Mary's Son hung on that triumphant cross so I would have a chance at eternal life. He paid for every sin I would ever commit on that day. Any sin anyone would ever commit. As the popular worship song says:

"I'll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross"

I am in constant wonder that Jesus chose to die for me. Who am I that He would deem me worthy of such an act of self-sacrifice? Who am I indeed?

I am a sinner redeemed by His blood and fed through His Body. I am the daughter of a King who tries each and every day to renew the offering of her life to Him in service and love. I am the mother of a miracle who amazes me with her peace and grace as she picks up her daily cross and walk with Him. I fail too often and when I cannot imagine being able o take one more step, Jesus looks down at me from that cross and urges me forward toward Him. He pulls me on bended knee to wrap my arms around that cross and lean on Him for my very breath. His is my Lord and God, My Beloved, and He ransomed himself for me.

Thank you Lord Jesus for deeming me worthy of such an gift. I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Blessed be that Beautiful Awful Cross.