Today in the life of the Church we celebrate Holy Cross Day. On this day we remember that our Lord was executed as a political criminal. The cross, which was once a shameful method of death, is no longer despicable, but rather exalted. For it is by that cross, by our Lord's death, that we are brought near to God.
The cross is our cross as well. Since we are called to be like Jesus, then we too must pick up our crosses and follow him. Does this mean that a Christian life should be uncomfortable and sacrificial? Absolutely. Does that mean it's not worth living? Of course not; the only way to the empty tomb is through the cross.
"Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that me might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen."