On August 14th, throughout most the Christian world, churches commemorated the finding of the True Cross. It was found under the leadership of St. Helen, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, during her pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Miracles confirmed it’s authenticity; it’s wood was divided between the Churches in Jerusalem, Rome, and Constantinople.
Those Romans who had been around during the old Empire, would have shake their heads; seeing a symbol of punishment and death, become a symbol of life and hope.
We all have our own crosses, that we have to bear, that we have to live with. Jesus Christ calls on us to take up our crosses daily and follow him. When we open ourselves to his Spirit; we discover that we are not only following him, but he is walking with us. He is there, helping us bear the burden, helping us, giving us hope.