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Monday, September 14, 2020

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

 We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

because by your Cross you have redeemed the world.

John's Gospel (3: 13-17) chosen for this feast has Jesus speaking to Nicodemus and telling him that "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."

The Reflection in "Give Us This Day" is from Walter Burghardt, SJ who died in 2008. He wrote that "the passion of Christ did not end on the first Good Friday. The passion of Christ surrounds you, chokes you: every human wasted in the womb; every third black child languishing below the poverty line; the thousands of women savaged by men vowed to love and honor; the homeless on your streets rummaging for food in garbage cans, the racism that lurks just below our civilized surface. The death that envelops us....lays a heavy demand on us who share a risen life given us freely from a cross." 

This is just a bit of that reflection but it it is even truer now years after he wrote it. 

It is interesting that the Church keeps this feast the day before we celebrate Our Lady of  Sorrows. It was when Jesus was on the Cross dying to show His Love for each of us that He gave us His own Mother.

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