So, when we venerate the Cross, when we think of Christ’s crucifixion, when we hear the call of Christ to deny ourselves (and these words simply mean: turn away from yourself! Take up your cross!) we are called to open ourselves to the flood of Love Divine that is both death to ourselves and openness to God and to everyone.
In the beginning of the Gospel of St. John we are told, And the Word was with God. In the Greek it says “Godwards”. The Word, the Son had no other love, no other thought, no other movement except towards the Beloved One, giving Himself to Him Who gave Himself perfectly to Him. Let us learn the glory of crucified Love, of this sacrificial Love, which is, in the words of the Old Testament, stronger than death, stronger than hell, stronger than all things because it is Divine Life conquering us and poured through us onto all those who need to be loved in order to come to Life, to believe in Love, to become children of Love, children of Light, and inherit Life eternal. Amen.
– Maetropolitan Anthony of Sourozh-
(Exaltation of the Cross)