For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. — 1 Corinthians 1:18

Today is an important day in the Church’s calendar. September 14 is the day the Church remembers the the instrument of our Lord’s execution. Today is Holy Cross Day.

It is a day that comes to us in the midst of our troubles to remind us of good news. It is a day in the midst of our pain and anxiety. It is in the midst of our fear and stress. It is in the midst of this, that the Church proclaims the audacious message, “Christ is here.” Jesus, the lamb who has been slain, is here in the midst of our reality. He is not found in the glory of the world, he is found in the agony. It is in the midst of this that the Church, with tear-stained face says, “Life will win. Love will win.”

What the world finds so offensive is that our God is not aloof of the agonies of this world. Our God took on embodied life in order to suffer an ugly and brutal death. It was an embrace that was not because God wants to cause or experience pain. Rather, it was suffered as an act of love. An act of love done so that it might sanctify those who are the victims of demons. An act of love that can give life to those who have died. An act of love that hugs us tightly, as a mother does to her bereft child, to let us know that we are not alone.

We are able to proclaim that we know our redeemer lives, even though he has been crucified, and that we shall stand and see him in the flesh. However deep the night is, the dawn from on high will shine upon us. We know this because Jesus has defeated Sin, Death, and the Devil and our victorious champion has chosen to love us.

God continue to be with you,
Yours in Christ, Pastor Paul+