Monday, September 13, 2010
FEAST, TRIUMPH OF THE HOLY CROSS
FEAST, TRIUMPH OF THE HOLY CROSS
TUESDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
They left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt round
Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and
against Moses, 'Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in the
desert? For there is neither food nor water here; we are sick of this
meager diet.' 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 Yahweh and against you.
Intercede for us with Yahweh to save us from these serpents.' Moses
interceded for the people, and Yahweh replied, 'Make a fiery serpent
and raise it as a standard. Anyone who is bitten and looks at it will
survive.' Moses then made a serpent out of bronze and raised it as a
standard, and anyone who was bitten by a serpent and looked at the
bronze serpent survived.
Who, being in the form of God, did not count equality with God
something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a
slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a
human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a
cross. And for this 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 acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, to the
glory of God the Father.
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven,
the Son of man; as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must
the Son of man be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have
eternal life in him. For this is how God loved the world: he gave his
only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may
have eternal life. For God sent his Son into the world not to judge
the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.
Today, as we celebrate this feast of the Triumph of the Cross, 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, Saint 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 in Jesus, we look at that
Cross. We consider what St. Paul tells us: "He was obedient even unto
death, death on a cross." It is that obedience of Jesus and his
willingness to go to the Cross for us that we celebrate in a
particular way. What looks like the most humiliating thing and the
most foolish thing is, in fact, the most glorious thing in human
history. As St. Paul says, "God's folly is wiser than human wisdom."
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. It truly is the wisdom and the power of God at
work in those who believe and the only means of salvation. So for us,
with St. Paul, then, the Cross is not a point of shame, but it is a
point of joy, a means of glory and of hope, because it is the only
means of salvation.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Peping Torres, Kristin
… for the personal intentions of
- Angela, Jesus, Norma, Henrietta
- Rica and John, Jojo and Eunice, Sheldon and Kristine, Judy and Paul
- Med V.
- Evelyn Ponce de Leon
… for the eternal repose of the soul of
- Magsikap B. Mole
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: Alejandro R. Sandiko, Jr.
- Birthday: Chiqui Abueg de los Reyes
- Birthday: Vanessa Nañagas
- Wedding Anniversary: Francisco & Belinda Ong
- Wedding Anniversary: Estella & David Soon Eng Sin
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Yu Ampil
- In Memoriam (+): Santiago Gotao
- In Memoriam (+): Edison Co Yu (Mar 4, 1952-Sep 14, 1993)+
… for world peace and reconciliation.
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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