God’s logic is different from ours; this is the mystery of life. Because of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, we can now enjoy eternal life. And the cross is the symbol of the power and authority of the philanthropic God on earth – a triumph of death – through His death as a human but His resurrection as God.
Therefore, our greatest power is not what we have, but who we are. And we are Orthodox Christians – communicants of the Risen Body and Blood of Christ – and we are transformed into this new logic and new life.
But we must put into practice this new life that Christ has given us. This is the life of the Church, the life of the Divine Liturgy. Then we will gain the full extent of the power of this new mode of life – which death cannot destroy – it merely changes its external form and improves it!
And so, we venerate the cross of Christ which tells us of God’s coming to us, and of our return to Him – both accomplished by the death of the cross. We have been given the ability to die, and yet to live. This is the logic of the Divine Liturgy.
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is Monday, September 14th. Orthros and Divine Liturgy begin at 8am.