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Exaltation of the Holy Cross


Numbers 21:4-9
Philippians 2:6-11
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38
John 3:13-17

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no loss at this cross

"He humbled Himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross! Because of this, God highly exalted Him." —Philippians 2:8-9

John's Gospel particularly highlights the exaltation of the cross of Jesus. John proclaims that the cross is the catalyst for faith leading to eternal life (Jn 3:15-16), and where we finally recognize that Jesus is God (Jn 8:28-29).

As a subject of King Jesus, you are called to bear a daily cross (Lk 9:23). Do you carry your cross in such a way that it proclaims to everyone that "Jesus Christ is Lord"? (Phil 2:11) You are blessed with the unspeakable privilege of sharing in the victorious cross of King Jesus. Therefore, glory in the cross and carry your cross so as to triumph.

Prayer:  King Jesus, grant that I may carry my cross in a way that proclaims You as Victor rather than a heartless taskmaster.

Promise:  "Yes, God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." —Jn 3:16-17

Praise:  "We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world."

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 18, 2015

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