The Cross Exalted In Our Souls – The Joy of the Holy Spirit – A spiritual feast day

obelisk

On the top of the obelisk in Saint Peter’s Square (the obelisk which had in fact marked the spot where Peter himself was crucified), one will find a cross. The cross is placed there to demonstrate that the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered the pagan Pelagianesque Promethean idiocy of Satan and his followers. Jesus, having been killed in the battle even as He broke the power of Satan, is now the last one standing, bearing the wounds of slaughter upon Himself, but standing, risen from the dead, as John sees Him in his vision reported in the Apocalypse.

LEO

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah looks ever so much like Satan, who, like a lion, is ever on the prowl for the destruction of souls. The bronze serpent held up by Moses looked ever so much like the saraph serpents that were killing the children of Israel in the desert. Jesus looks ever so much like the guilty sons of Adam as He hangs on the cross.

But I’ll tell you this, the smirk I see on the face of Jesus below is the same smirk I see in the picture of the lion above. Jesus means to make us conquer with Him. He’ll bring us through it. He sees what “it” is. We don’t. Thank goodness. We just have to look to Him, follow Him as we shoulder that cross without looking at it. I mean, look at that smirk:

jesus baptism detail

We can ask Jesus to get over ourselves, that we not take ourselves and our weakness and darkness and temptation and feeling a million miles away and left behind so seriously. Jesus takes us seriously. He wants us to take HIM seriously. Take up that cross, He commands us, but… but… BUT… Come follow me! He commands us. It’s about Jesus, not about us whimpering about ourselves. When we stop being preoccupied with what we think of ourselves we might just see Him working in our souls; we might just begin to have the joy of the Holy Spirit in seeing that Jesus’ love is stronger than our weakness, stronger that our temptations, stronger than our thinking we’re a million miles away and left behind, stronger than death. All that rubbish is what He came to save us from, which we brought on ourselves in original sin and whatever else we might have done. He forgives. Really, He does. He loves us.

No more mind games of Satan! Jesus, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered!

O.K., O.K., I’ll have to start putting up my exorcism series once again…

P.S. I recorded my homily yesterday, but didn’t put it up because, alas, I didn’t actually record it: I’ll have to get to know the recorder a bit better to use it with ease! Maybe today I’ll be able to do it. It makes me try to be better. That’s a good thing I’m sure.

P.S. Oh! Did Saint Helen actually find the Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Yes, she did. I did some pretty heavy research and investigation when I lived in Jerusalem. Beyond a shadow of any doubt, yes, she found it, and we have it. Maybe I’ll be able to write on that later today.

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6 responses to “The Cross Exalted In Our Souls – The Joy of the Holy Spirit – A spiritual feast day

  1. Nancyv

    Lion of Judah and lion prowling about the earth…thank you for helping understand this…I’d always been bothered by this until you explained it…thank you Lord for good shepherds who love us to teach about you. This truly is a great feast day!

  2. sanfelipe007

    “Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
    till all the world adore his sacred name.”

  3. elizdelphi

    I was going to suggest you the other day to put the exorcism series on this blog.
    I do want to know the evidence about St Helena and the true Cross.
    This is an important feast day for me.

  4. Father George David Byers

    I looked for it. I never really moved in yet. Don’t know where it is….

  5. elizdelphi

    When you find it, the fact of finding it will remind you to post about it.

  6. sanfelipe007

    I would like to see that as well, Father.

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