Tuesday, September 14
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I come to you now for the most important moment of my day. I seek to find greater clarity in myself and who You want me to be. To cherish the things I already have that You want for me, and to cast off the trivial and sinful things that take away from my ability to grow even closer to You. May each day bring a renewed sense of joy in You and a stronger step forward on the path of my earthly journey toward the eternal.
(Continue prayer with any intentions, experiences or even questions from today or yesterday.)
- God wants every one of us to be happy with him forever in heaven. Few scripture passages present this consoling truth so succinctly as that featured in today’s gospel. Each year on this day, the Church commemorates the discovery of the true cross by St Helena during excavations in Jerusalem authorized by her son, the Emperor Constantine. From then on, the cross became more and more the symbol of Christianity, featuring in art but also in our very gestures. We have only to think of how we make the “sign of the Cross” as a profession of our faith.
As the Liturgical Calendar puts it, the discovery of the True Cross is dated to 14 September 320. On 13 September 335, the churches on Calvary were dedicated and the cross that St Helena discovered was venerated there the next day. The annual commemoration of that event has been celebrated since.
Appropriately, the Gospel is taken from John (3:13-17) whose whole Gospel is a celebration of the Triumph of the Cross. In today’s extract the crucifixion is presented as the first step in His ascent to the Father, the glorification of the Son. What does the cross mean in your life today?
Conversation with Christ
Lord, help me to more fully seek and understand the love you have for me. A love that I can have because you gave your life to save me. May my heart and mind be open to you every day so I may find the depths of that Love.
I will strive to offer at least one spontaneous prayer to God today, amid the activities of my daily life.