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The Feast of The Holy Cross – MASKAL

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on September 26, 2009

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Our Lord Jesus Christ invites each of us to bear the Cross and said: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his Cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24) (Mark 8:34). He also said to the rich young man: “Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor,…and come, take up the Cross, and follow Me” (Mark 10:21). He made the bearing of the Cross a condition of discipleship in Him and said: “And whoever does not bear his Cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Our Lord, during all the time of His life on earth, lived the Cross. Since His Holy Nativity in Bethlehem, Herod the Great wanted to kill Him. God directed St. Joseph to “take the Child and His Mother and flee into Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him.” (St. Matthew 2:13).

During His public ministry among the peoples of Israel, our Lord and Saviour suffered the fatigue of His work and had “no where to lay His head.” (St. Luke 9:58). He lived a life of pain, so that the Prophet Isaiah would say about Him that He was: “A Man of sorrow and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3). Bitterly persecuted by His own people, several of the Gospels tell us that they “took up stones again to stone Him.” (St. John 10:31). At another time they wanted to “throw Him over a cliff.” (St. Luke 4:29). The accusations and insults hurled at the Lord so often during His three years of ministry are Crosses that He bore outside of the actual wood Cross on which He was crucified.

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