Today (Sep 14th) is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.
The cross is something that many can relate to. Life is far from easy, straightforward or predictable. The cross on its own is ugly and not a place we want to stop or stay at. The cross can never be an end in itself. Because of the Resurrection the cross becomes a stepping stone.
The cross pulls God right into the middle of our struggles, setbacks, pain, suffering and sometimes into the mess of our lives. But God doesn't want us to remain in this place. As believers we are people of hope and we always look for a stepping stone out of and away from our cross. We ask and pray for God's help today to give us strength, courage and hope to get through all that is difficult in our lives at the moment.