Today in the Liturgical Calendar is Holy Cross Day (observed)
It is a day for remembering the tactile form and use of the cross itself and a day to be inspired to live and serve in tactile, radical ways ourselves – serving as Christ hands and feet in the world in the most torn apart places.
This is why I always think of the Red Cross on Holy Cross day.
Because just as the red cross symbol that we are all familiar with was created as way for Red Cross organization workers to identify themselves in hostile areas and as a beacon to those in need, of hope and help, the cross of Christ should also serve as a beacon, both to those in need of help physically, and those in need spiritually – seeking hope,healing and restoration for their souls and hearts as well as their bodies.
I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.
The more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into.”
— Shane Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical)
Wondering if I have gotten into enough trouble lately? Have I had faith in the possibility of something better?
And this is why I need stopping points on the calendar of my faith, like Holy Cross Day.
These days are not just old-fashioned traditions.
They are moments that pull me out of myself.
They reorinate me.
They force me into the light, where I cannot help but see the needs, the hurting, the hunger.
And I remember that I am called through Christ to respond to these needs.
To be uncomfortable in my passive acceptance of the way things have always been.
To try to make things better.