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September 14, 2021

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Jn 3: 13-17 

No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just 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.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Lift high the cross

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about our God is his nearness to us. In fact, our very redemption is one of nearness. God does not save us by wielding lightning bolts from a distance, but instead, draws close to us and embraces the fullness of our messy, ugly, and often painful humanity. This divine nearness is seen in the life of Jesus, who appeared in the mud and manure of the stable in Bethlehem, who scandalously broke bread with tax collectors and sinners, who caressed the ugliness of lepers, who gazed lovingly into the eyes of Peter as he denied him. And in one final redemptive act, Jesus showed us the ultimate sign of God’s nearness and love by embracing even our suffering and pain there on the cross.  

So today, lift high the cross, gaze upon it, and give thanks for a God whose love draws him so near.

 —Fr. Adam Rosinski, SJ, is the Assistant Director and Promoter of Vocations for the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus.

 

 

Prayer

Lift high the cross,
The love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore
His sacred name.

Hymn by George William Kitchin and Michael R. Newbolt


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September 14, 2021

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Jn 3: 13-17 

No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just 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.

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Lift high the cross

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about our God is his nearness to us. In fact, our very redemption is one of nearness. God does not save us by wielding lightning bolts from a distance, but instead, draws close to us and embraces the fullness of our messy, ugly, and often painful humanity. This divine nearness is seen in the life of Jesus, who appeared in the mud and manure of the stable in Bethlehem, who scandalously broke bread with tax collectors and sinners, who caressed the ugliness of lepers, who gazed lovingly into the eyes of Peter as he denied him. And in one final redemptive act, Jesus showed us the ultimate sign of God’s nearness and love by embracing even our suffering and pain there on the cross.  

So today, lift high the cross, gaze upon it, and give thanks for a God whose love draws him so near.

 —Fr. Adam Rosinski, SJ, is the Assistant Director and Promoter of Vocations for the USA East Province of the Society of Jesus.

 

 

Prayer

Lift high the cross,
The love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore
His sacred name.

Hymn by George William Kitchin and Michael R. Newbolt


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