The Holy Cross

the cross of st theresa benedicta

MY daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today, according to St. John 3:13-17.

Jesus said to Nicodemus: “No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

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What is the meaning of the Holy Cross of Christ we feast today? In His Holy Cross, Jesus Christ comes to unite earth with heaven and to raise those on earth to the glory of heaven.

Jesus explains it to Nicodemus as we read in gospel today. He said that the “Son of Man” sent by the Father in heaven to restore our fallen and broken relationship with Him. He says that as Moses delivers his people from death in the wilderness by lifting up the bronze serpent, so the “Son of Man must be lifted up”. He links it in order to bring about healing and restoration of life to those who were bitten by deadly serpents. The message is if we put our faith in God by repenting of our disobedience He heals and restores our wholeness of life.

The Gospel of John proclaims that Jesus links His victory on His Holy Cross with Moses act of deliverance. He connects Moses’ act of deliverance in the wilderness with His impending sacrificial death when He is lifted up on the wood of the cross at Calvary. That is the meaning of the Holy Cross of Christ for us. More than Moses’ deliverance in the wilderness which only resulted in temporary relief for the people, Jesus’ atoning death on the cross brings decisive victory over sin and death. Even, Jesus’ victory on the cross releases us from sin, guilt and condemnation.

The Holy Cross of Christ brings us new life. It also brings a new birth in the Spirit. In His Holy Cross, we are adopted as sons and daughters of God. God not only has redeemed us from sin in Christ, He fills us with His own divine life as well through the gift of His Spirit.

The Holy Cross of Christ is proof of God’s love for us. As St. John proclaims, there is no greater proof of God’s love for us then the sending of His Son to become one with us in our humanity and to lay down His life for us. God sent Jesus Christ, His Son to free us from the slavery of sin and the curse of death. His death on the Holy Cross is an act of total love in self-giving. It is the perfect sacrifice of atonement for our sin and the sin of the world as well as His completely out of love for His Father.

In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we seek God who loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love. He loves us in Jesus Christ, His Son, we are worshiping. What we love shows what we prefer. Let’s love God, the supreme good above all else and seek to put Him first in all our thoughts, cares, choices, and actions.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, Your death on the Holy Cross brings new and eternal life for us. Help us with Your Holy Spirit that we may walk in freedom, joy and happiness as a child of heavenly Father, now and forever. Amen

Girli Kebon Dalem

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