Weeks of Elias and Cross


 

 

The great solemnity of the Glorious Cross that we celebrate on September 14th is the basic theme meditated on and absorbed in all through this liturgical period of Eliah-Sliba. This feast emerged as the second Easter, especially in Eastern Traditions, in the second half of the liturgical year, parallel to the Easter in the first half.  During this period the faithful try their best to have an experience of the heavenly bliss here on earth itself, a foretaste of the intimate union with the Divine Person.  Jesus’ transfiguration on mount Tabor was in fact such an experience to the selected three. It was so fascinating and absorbing that Saint Peter exclaimed: “Master, it is well that we are here” (Mk 9:5).  The Glorious Cross, we know, is transfigured Jesus.  Today we are given such an experience in the Church in Qurbana celeb-ration. When we really have the Tabor experience in our Qurbana celebration, we will simply love celeb-rating it as solemn as possible and remain immersed in it as long as possible; the Eucharistic communion really becomes the participation in the heavenly banquet, becoming one with our Bridegroom Jesus in His Risen Body.  During this liturgical season the believers try earnestly to transfigure themselves to Jesus, to dream and foresee their real encounter with Jesus at the end of time and prepare fully for that exceptional and unique meeting with their Lord and God.


The glorious Cross is the living sign of Jesus’ victory over death, sin and suffering.  It is the Tree of Life, Stem of Jesse (Jesus), Staff of Comfort (Holy Spirit), Ark of Noah (Church), the sign of Jesus’ life, death and Resurrection, and that of Christian perfection. Thus the Cross is the sum total of authentic Christian living.


 

Credits: Fr. Varghese Pathikulangara, CMI, from the book "A moment with the Jesus"

 

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