Sep 14 (Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Jn 3:13-17)

Two thieves on either sides, died with Christ on the Cross

>> One mocked Jesus…

… the other sought Jesus

>> One took pride in himself…

… the other humbled himself

>> One continued to remain condemned…

… the other moved on to receive salvation

>> One lost a golden opportunity…

… the other, won the Prized Paradise!

The Cross – with Jesus hanging – beckons to each one of one of us today

We have a choice…

… like both the thieves

What choice are we going to make?

>> Are we going to lose a golden opportunity…

… or are we going to seek the Prized Paradise?

Today we celebrate the Feast of the instrument that was employed by Divinity in buying our souls to Himself – the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

In the Gospel (Jn 3: 13-17), Jesus tells to Nicodemus, “… as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life” (Jn 3: 14)

Centuries before Jesus was crucified, Divinity in its Immense Wisdom was already preparing for the plan of salvation!

Having been powerfully freed from the slavery in Egypt, the people of Israel were travelling to the Promised Land through the wilderness.

>> However, this difficult journey caused the people to lose their patience, and they murmured against God and His servant, Moses on the lack of comforts!

The result of this sin was the plague of poisonous serpents, that caused suffering and death to them. (Num 21: 4-9)

However at the intercession of Moses, God had him lift up a bronze serpent on a pole, so that all who looked it would be healed!

This was the foreshadowing of the Cross of Christ!

(This method of Interpreting the Bible is also called “Biblical Typology”

>> “Biblical Typology” refers to a person, place or event in the Old Testament, that has its own proper significance…

… but also prefigures a person, place or event, later in the New Testament

In the words of St Augustine: “The New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is made manifest in the New!”)

Like the people of Israel, our life is often a journey through the wilderness.

> Sometimes there is a lack of comfort.

> Sometimes there is an inflation of hardships

> Sometimes there is an increase in uncertainty.

… And we begin to complain, grumble… falling into many sinful ways and habits!

But Divine Love, wanting to have us back to Him, provides us the means to be rescued from the deadly effects of such sins…

… The Holy Cross is the Symbol of this redemption and salvation that is won for us, by Christ!

Are we ready to take refuge in the shadows of this Holy Cross, and affirming our sincere acceptance of Christ in our lives, do we live a holy life, worthy of our salvation?

St John of the Cross would say, “The road is narrow. He who wishes to travel it more easily, must cast off all things and use the Cross as his cane.

>> In other words, he must be truly resolved to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.”

Usually the heart is considered to be the symbol of Love..

>> But, from a Christian perspective, probably, the Holy Cross is the most beautiful and apt symbol of the Immense love of God for each one of us.

> The Cross demands sacrifice…

> The Cross demands an self-emptying nature…

> The Cross demands a complete commitment…

.. And this is indeed the true nature of love – sacrificial, self-emptying and committed! (Phil 2: 6-11)

As we honour and venerate the Holy Cross, may we hear the words of our Crucified Lord, tenderly whispering to us, with deep love and affection:

“You are mine, forever…

… and you belong to Me and to Me alone!

>> Hold on to My Cross, always!”

The Cross – with Jesus hanging – beckons to each one of one of us today

We have a choice…

>> ESCAPE FROM THE CROSS…

… OR EMBRACE THE CROSS!!

>> EXIT THE CROSS…

… OR EXALT THE CROSS!!

What choice are we going to make?

Wish you a very Happy Feast of the Holy Cross!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

One thought on “Sep 14 (Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Jn 3:13-17)

  1. Dearest Father,
    I Adore the Holy cross of Jesus,it is indeed a true way of Jesus saying I Love You.May you lead all of us by the light of the golden cross.Sign of the saviours sacrifice(true love).Gods blessings be on you and your mission.

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