In the sea of green that is Ordinary Time, the color at Mass switches to red for just this Sunday, for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. Why? The Exaltation of the Cross is there to remind us of the Cross - not just a piece of art or a sign of blessing, but the actual Cross that Jesus died on – and what that tells us about God’s love for us.
The Old Testament reading shows us people who take things for granted and who get whiny when they don’t get exactly what they want - people very much like ourselves.
It shows us what it looks like when you have to have it your way, without God. It also shows us what it looks like when you realize what you have done, and walk it back from having to have it your way.
When you walk it back, God shows you what it looks like when God is one of us.
So what does it look like when God is one of us? It looks like Jesus.
Sunday's Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/091414.cfm