Homily, the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross

Look at the statue of the serpent, it became a symbol of redemption for the Israelites in the wilderness( Numbers 21:4-9). Look at the cross, it became a symbol of victory and redemption for all Christians around the world such that to obliterate the cross on which Christ died is to is to erase the Christianity and Christ’s victory in the world (Philippians 2:6-11).

Yet, the serpent which was a negative symbol (Gen 3; Rev. 12,20; Mathew 23:33) became a positive symbol of redemption in the wilderness in moments of pain and death(Numbers 21: 8-9) for God’s people, so also the cross which was an instrument of torture in the time of roman rule became symbol of glory and redemption for us Christians who have been added to God’s people (John 3:13-17).

Look at us Christians today, why do we not understand that in Jesus’ death on the cross, God is inviting us to understand that created objects are in themselves morally neutral? They are neither morally evil nor good. They get their moral significance from what we do with them and not from themselves because they can’t help nor operate themselves.

So, Christians should use them well and not punish them for what others have used them to do. For instance, why should we Christians burn trees because others have used them wrongly? Why should we Christians burn our cultural artefacts because others have invoked demons in them for their personal evil gain against others? Hasn’t he given us powers to cast them out? So, he knew.

Like Christ, we can equally turn these natural objects or creations into instruments of salvation for our villages, towns and countries. So, we should use them well and not blame them when we or others use them wrongly. Hence, we reap the fruit and meaning of the Exultation of the cross.

We adore thee O Christ and we praise thee, for by thy Holy Cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Feast of the Exultation of the Cross

© Fada Henry Charles Umelechi , September 14, 2023.

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