It is 14th September 2018. We celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The readings are from Numbers 21:4-9; and the second reading is from Philippians 2:6-11; and the Gospel John 3:13-17. The cross is the proof still standing that God allowed himself to be humiliated for the sake of redeeming us through His Only Beloved Son Jesus. The cross is not only a symbol of the extend of heinous cruelty done by a group of people to one human person but to the entire humanity that is suffering because of sin and selfishness. We sing the song of triumph of our Lord over sin through the Holy Cross, the instrument of salvation. The entrance antiphon praises, “We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.” (Gal.6:14). The Catechism teaches us in No.550, “The kingdom of God will be definitively established through Christ’s Cross ‘God reigned from the wood.’” The first reading from the Book of Numbers describes how God came to save God’s people through the intercession of Moses, when they were bitten for their ungratefulness, complaining mentality and not acknowledging God in their life by sending serpents to punish them. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Do not forget the works of the Lord.” (Ps.78:7). The second reading teaches us that Jesus humbled himself by carrying the Cross. “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” (Phil.2:8). The Gospel exalts the Cross of the Jesus as our salvation and all people will be drawn to it will be saved by the Lord. As Moses raised the bronze serpent for people to be healed, so the Son of Man will save all people by His triumph over sin on the Cross. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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