In today's Scripture readings we witness three spiritual realities all too common in our world today.
First, brother turning on brother, like the Russians turning on the Ukrainian's; second, worldly kings putting the little person in bondage, like the political ideologies, popular trends, and false spiritualities which hook, and enslave, many victims; thirdly, evil being threatened by goodness and resorting to murder as its only solution--while goodness, through the Cross, overcoming in Love--like the current persecution of Christians all around the world today.
So where is this Cross, and how does it triumph?
"Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic. When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him so much that they would not even greet him." Genesis 37:4, 12-13, 17-28
Brotherly conflict is the oldest of tales.
Cain killed Abel out of jealousy, and the human person has been 'raising Cain' ever since. Whether nationally, like Russian and Ukraine, politically, like Obama versus the American people, or religiously, like the cafeteria-progressive-Catholic versus the true disciple of Christ, not to mention born brothers killing their unborn ones, brotherly love has been overcome by a spiritual temptation to kill that which we cannot control.
Joseph experienced this in his kin. Jesus felt the nails of this avarice from His Creation.
"They had weighed him down with fetters, and he was bound with chains, Till his prediction came to passand the word of the LORD proved him true." Psalm 105:16-21
After God 'saw that it was good,' something went terribly wrong.
We are born with all the potential in the world to be 'salt and light.' We are baptized, and graced, to live a loving, merciful, compassionate life. But sin always worms its way into our heart. Why? The progressive-pop-psychologist/pop star-diva/politician would say that we are experiencing unnecessary guilt from an unnecessary Christian religion. They propose, instead, secularism, socialism, hedonism, materialism, utilitarianism, and eugenics.
The tragedy is not so much in sinning, but in turning our backs on God and engaging in blatant, obvious evil.
"Jesus said to them, 'Did you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?'" Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
So where is this triumphant Cross?
What we really should be asking is where is this triumphant Christ?
Evil is all around us. All we have to do is close our eyes and listen to our conscience. Yet, Christ is all around us, and inside of us, if we listen to the very same source. The Cross is simply the strength to continue on in Love, Mercy and compassion. Just like Jesus. The persecution, which is always inevitable, is the reactionary weakness of evil when it cannot control us.