On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 14, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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The cross once an emblem of shame and suffering, for all the world to see as punishment for going against the roman empire. Has been transformed by God to be His sign of love for us all. Jesus lifted on high, who died on the cross took away with Him the sins of the world.  Our Lord conquered death so that we may live in Him.

And now around the world as we lift the crucifix up or wear it proudly around our necks. We are reminded of the greatest act of love that ever will be.  One that brings about transformation when gazed upon. O Cross Reign Victorious, O Cross thou wilt redeem us!

Jesus my Lord, as I take up my cross to follow You. I gladly bear it’s burden for You are with me every step of the way. Helping, guiding and leading me on to the victory of the cross. Your heavenly Kingdom. Amen

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Feast

First reading
Numbers 21:4-9

On the way through the wilderness the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’
  At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.

Second reading
Philippians 2:6-11

His state was divine,
yet Christ Jesus did not cling
to his equality with God
but emptied himself
to assume the condition of a slave
and became as men are;
and being as all men are,
he was humbler yet,
even to accepting death,
death on a cross.
But God raised him high
and gave him the name
which is above all other names
so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel
John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
‘No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who came down from heaven,
the Son of Man who is in heaven;
and the Son of Man must be lifted up
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.’

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