In our Churches, a decorated and beautified cross will be placed with great solemnity in the centre of the building. Not just as an object of veneration, but a sign of what it is to be a Christian.
This cross, in the centre of the Church, the crosses around our necks, and at home, the crosses we sign ourselves with in prayer or thanksgiving, give us direction. They point away from the self centred towards selflessness, from simple religion and superstition to a life of faith. And ultimately from the futility to end violence, injustice, and poverty, to a God who meets the brokeness and evil of this world on the cross, and breaks its chains to free us from its eternal sting.
As St. Paul states.
“… that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. (Eph. 2:15-17)
It is this cross that sets us towards a peace, that in Christ, heals, reconciles and unifies our lives.
As we enter the second half of this period of fasting, prayers, and good works, let us continually look to the cross, and to our Lord who “humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Ph 2:8) for our sakes for direction to His life saving Resurrection.