Sunday, September 13, 2009
FEAST, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
FEAST, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
MONDAY 24TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained
against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die
in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with
this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people
saraph serpents, which bit the people so that many of them died. Then
the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned in complaining
against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, "Make a
saraph and mount it on a pole, and if any who have been bitten look at
it, they will live." Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and
mounted it on a pole, and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a
serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he
emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient
to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted
him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the
name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth
and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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.
Today, Jesus reminds us that the very purpose for which he came into
the world was to save the world. And there is only one means by which
the world is going to be saved: that is, the Cross of Jesus Christ.
The Cross stands as the center point of all world history. When we
consider the Cross, St. Paul reminds us that we are to glory in
nothing but the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ; that must be our
boast. St. Paul tells us, "For the world, that is folly. It seems
foolishness to the world. It is a stumbling block to the Jews and it
is folly to the Greeks. But for those who are being saved, the Cross
is the wisdom and the power of God."
For us who believe, we need to be able to say that we, too, with
Jesus, are willing to take up the Cross; that we are willing to be
hung on that Cross with him, to suffer with him in order to be raised
with him. So, for us, the Cross truly is the wisdom of God. And for
those who are saved, they understand that the Cross is the power of
God because it is only by the wounds of Jesus, inflicted on the Cross,
that we have salvation. So for us, with St. Paul, the Cross is not a
point of shame, but it is a point of joy. It is recognized as truly
the only means of salvation; the means by which Jesus did not condemn
the world, but stood condemned so that the world could be saved. And
for us, the Cross must be a means of glory, a means of hope, and a
means of joy because it is the only means of salvation.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Inday Tan
… for the personal intentions of
- Vicsyd Valera and family
- Dapo family
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
- Rustico Banaag
- Fausta Uson Cruz
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Vanessa Nañagas
- Birthday: Candida Cuiting +
- Birthday: Letty Aranilla
- Birthday: Fe Lumboy
- Wedding Anniversary: Estella & David Soon Eng Sin
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Yu Ampil
- Wedding Anniversary: Francisco & Belinda Ong
- In Memoriam (+): Edison Co Yu (Mar 4, 1952-Sep 14, 1993)+
- In Memoriam (+): Ruben Manansala
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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