FEAST OF EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS consists in the fact that “the event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life” (Catholicism page 1085). We exalt Christ’s cross whenever we freely take it up, filled with the certainty that the ultimate meaning and fulfillment which we crave in life comes to us through this unending event. “With the cross we are freed from the restraint of the enemy and we clutch on to the strength of salvation: (Saint Theodore the Estudite). For salvation means escape from our own inability. At the same time, “we cannot produce or give any other fruit,” writes Saint Catherine of Siena, “but the fruit we have taken from the tree of life.” No wonder that “the sign of the cross makes kings of all those reborn in Christ” (Saint Leo the Great.) Magnificat

THE GOSPEL TODAY WAS FROM 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.

FROM OUR PASTOR IN OUR BULLETIN TODAY: WE ARE TOLD TODAY, that God so loved the world that he gave his only son to make us well, whole, and to create a new covenant with His people. This great gift shows perfect UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. It is a goal that we strive for, as we journey in faith. Putting another person first is the beginning of loving as God does. May this be what we try to do guided by of God. (Fr. Joseph)

I wonder if we would have the divorce rate in the country that we have if husbands put their wife’s needs first, and if wives put their husband’s needs first. Then each would feel they were truly loved by their spouse. Isn’t that what marriage is supposed to be? Marriage between husband and wife is a Sacrament. When we marry before God, there are three people involved in our marriage. Husband, Wife and God. If we call on God to help us put our spouse first, he will give us the GRACE we need to make our marriage work. It’s not easy, but it is well worth the work it takes. Why is it, a person will work so hard to make money, or to make someone else’s business successful, or to get in shape to run a race, but will put no work into understanding how to make their marriage work? Jesus loved each of us so much he died for us on the cross. Can we not at least love each other enough to understand how to make each other feel loved and respected?

PRAYER; LORD JESUS CHRIST, by your Death on the cross, you triumphed over sin and death. Raise our fallen world to the glory no human wisdom can expect, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen

God bless you all and if you are married, I pray you will receive the Grace you need to love and respect each other, treat each other as you want to be treated and obey the commandment given to us by Jesus Christ, “Love the Lord thy God, and Love thy neighbor(spouse) as thyself”. If you don’t love and respect yourself, it is hard to love and respect another, pray for the Grace to love and respect yourself also.

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