Tomorrow we celebrate Holy Cross Day, which falls annually on September 14. It is the date of the consecration of the basilica that was constructed on the traditional site of the crucifixion. The church, The Holy Sepulcher, was built on the site where the three crosses were discovered when Constantine sent his mother, Helena, to find and preserve these holy places where our Lord walked, taught, and died for us.
The picture below is of my favorite place in that church, where the visible split in the earth below the hill of Calvary can still be seen (see Matt 27:51). It stands as a reminder of the darkest and yet most poignant moment in all of history, when Jesus bore our sins upon the cross. It is both visually compelling and a reminder of the fulfillment of the law. The other biblical moment of such a violent shaking of the earth came in the giving of the law to Moses (see Ex.19:18), which was now complete in Jesus.
As we reflect upon these events, which are the source of our hope and salvation, may we contemplate those mighty acts anew. May we with thankful hearts recall what we celebrate weekly in worship, and seek God’s forgiveness for that which separates us from Him. With renewed hearts may we seek the greatest reward of being reunited with Him. Keeping that goal before us means making sacrifices daily and dying to self as we choose to pick up our cross and follow Him. Where may you do so more fully in your life? Where may you need to turn back to Him?