In remembering the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the suffering it caused a friend of his, Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, tells of walking through a park and asking God, “How can I fix this? How can I make this go back to normal?” Fr. Steven learned he could only do one thing: Unite himself to the suffering of his friend and share the journey, just as we unite with Christ at the cross. Today, on the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Fr. Steven observes, “So many Christians want to avoid the cross,” but “we must embrace Christ at his moment of suffering and death.”
Just as Christ suffered and died for us, but rose again, we see that “the willingness to embrace suffering is the measure of true love.” We must answer the questions, “What causes you to suffer? What fills your heart with terror? What is it that allows you to lay awake at night with dread and fear?” When we lay those deep, personal answers upon the altar and unite with Jesus at the cross, Satan has no power over us. “We don’t run from the power of death,” says Fr. Steven. “We face it and we invoke the name of Christ. We know that through his great love for us, he has saved us.” The cross assures us that the Resurrection is meant for all of us. Click on the video above or here to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of September 14, 2014 via YouTube.