O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Bridegroom Waiting for His Bride

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Today we worship the Holy Bridegroom who sacrificed Himself on the Cross for His Bride, the Church, that all men might be saved through Her. He alone is Our Savior for He is the Creator of all men and the End for which all men were created and He sacrificed Himself to free us from the sins into which we had run away that through Him and His Church we all might live in the Divine Love for which we were created.

We belong to Him by right because He created us to live in Him. We ran away into sin, casting ourselves into death and vanity by our own stubborn will and selfishness. But since He has power over the living and the dead and Himself survives death, we, through participation in His Cross, find freedom from sinful passions that we may live in the Divine Love for which we were created. We participate in His Cross by accepting the suffering in our daily lives and giving ourselves to Him in the Sacraments, above all in the Eucharist, which is the Carnal Intimacy between Christ and His Bride. In the Eucharist we receive the Flesh and Blood of Christ who gave Himself on the Cross to be with us, that filled with Him, we might become a part of Him and dwell with Him in Heaven, having left all worldy passions and sins behind, being rendered pure again by His Blood. This is why we celebrate the Cross. We lament because Our Beloved is dead and rejoice because His surviving death raises us out of our sinful passions and back to our original purity in Him.