Jordan: Chaldean community presents drama on Feast of Holy Cross

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Jordan: Chaldean community presents drama on Feast of Holy Cross

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

Marking the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, the Chaldean community in Jordan, in cooperation with Terra Sancta College, held a drama presented by the youths of the Chaldean community in Jordan titled, "I was Earth… and You Breathed Life into Me" on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Terra Sancta Theater, Jabal Luwaibdeh.

The drama dealt with the various temptations that threaten young people who can overcome difficulties once they keep firm in their faith. At the end of the theatrical performance, parish priest Fr. Zaid Habbaba thanked all those who who worked hard and made this drama impressive.

In attendance were Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali, Patriarch Fouad Twal, Chargé d'Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman Monsignor Mauro Lalli, Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader, Terra Sancta School Director in Amman Fr. Rashid Mistrih, and a large number of people.

THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a glorious one.

Christians see the Cross from a divine perspective. We see Jesus lifted up on the Cross for all to see. We see Him using horrible suffering to eliminate suffering forever. We see Him using death to destroy death itself. Ultimately, we see Jesus become victorious on that Cross and, therefore, forever we see the Cross as an exalted and glorious throne!
Moses’ actions in the desert prefigured the Cross. Many people were dying from snake bites. Therefore, God told Moses to lift up the image of a snake on a pole so that all who looked upon it would be healed. And that’s exactly what happened. Ironically, the snake brought life instead of death!

Suffering occurs throughout our lives in various ways. Perhaps for some it’s daily aches and pains from ill health, and for others it may be on a much deeper level, such as an emotional, personal, relational or spiritual one. Sin, in fact, is the cause of the greatest suffering, so those who struggle deeply with sin in their lives suffer deeply from that sin.
So what is Jesus’ answer? His answer is to turn our gaze to His Cross. We are to look at Him in His misery and suffering and, in that gaze, we are called to see victory with faith. We are called to know that God brings good out of all things, even our suffering. The Father transformed the world eternally through the suffering and death of His only Son. He also wants to transform us in our crosses.

Upon spending some time gazing upon the crucifix we see in that the crucifix is the answer to our own daily struggles. Jesus is close to those who suffer, and His strength is available to all those who believe in Him.

Lord, help me gaze upon the Cross. Help me experience in Your own sufferings a taste of Your final victory. May I be strengthened and healed as I look upon You. Jesus, I trust in You.

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 11:52
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