Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2021
Crucifixion was an ancient form of torture and execution which was designed to horrify the people and deter anyone from imitating the criminal’s behavior. All this changed when Our Lord saved us by dying on His Cross. Now this means of death became our means of life while also showing how much God loves us and how evil sin must be. This was prefigured by the brazen serpent in the desert which saved the chosen people from poisonous snake bites during their Exodus from Egypt. Now the Cross is a symbol of victory for us and instead of deterring us from imitating Its Victim It encourages us to follow in His footsteps out of love and devotion.