Today’s Gospel: John 3:13-17 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Today’s Gospel reading contains the famous verse, John 3:16: “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.”
Today is also the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on the Cross of Christ as instrument of our salvation.
Fulfilling His mission of salvation – that all might have eternal life – required Jesus to be “lifted up”.
Lifted up to death upon a cross? Exaltation of this instrument of pain and suffering?
As my own faith journey unfolds, I have had plenty of opportunities to “die” with Christ. It is a necessary part of being human, that we experience many forms of “death,” so to be lifted up with Christ. I wish I could tell you that I always meet these opportunities with grace and humility, but you’d know I wasn’t being truthful, wouldn’t you?
Could I ever do what Jesus did during His grueling experience on the Cross?
• Go all the way until I have nothing left to give
• Humble myself before those who misjudge me
• Not allow my pain to overshadow my loving
• Compassionately witness the pain of others
• Extend mercy to those who hurt me
• Trust in God and submit to His plan, even when I don’t like it
• Courageously endure whatever comes my way, for the sake of fulfilling my God-given purpose
Today’s Gospel also says that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,” but to save us. Praise God! Today, I place myself at the foot of His cross anew, and begin again.
What is the Lord calling you to surrender today? In what part of your life will you “die” with Christ today?
Lord, help us to surrender completely, dying to ourselves, so that You may spring to life within us. May our day-to-day living be always for Your glory. Today, may we allow ourselves to receive the love and mercy that You invite us into through the gift of Your Holy Cross.
Copyright 2017 De Yarrison
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