The Gospel Today
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.
Reflection (Sem. Danichi Hui):
Often times we associate the cross as a symbol of trials, difficulties, struggles and even death. For Christians whenever we hear the word cross or see a symbol of a cross, it always goes to the idea where Jesus died. Therefore, if it is the case it must be a positive idea, for Jesus died on the cross for our sins. He saved us and redeemed us by the cross. The cross symbolizes then as life instead of death, it symbolizes triumph and not failure, it symbolizes start and not an end. After the death of Jesus on the cross He resurrected, He overcame death and started a new life which is eternal.
The Gospel for today shows how God loves us; that He gave His only Son so that the world might be saved. It is His Son out of His love for us who carried the cross and died for our salvation. Realizing this, our life is never far from the life that Jesus lived as a human, imperfect but real. Our life can never be separated from the realities of trials, difficulties, struggles and death, for these are the same realities Jesus carried throughout His life on earth; no one is exempted. But that is not the whole content of our life, because part of it is a “victory” which Jesus won, a “resurrection” after death and a “start” which gives hope. However, we only merit these things in our lives when we put our belief and trust in God. It is the only participation we could do in order to earn the goodness of the cross. Without our belief and trust, the cross will always be a negative symbol. Jesus carried everything for us through the cross, what more can He not do for us? Believe and exalt the Cross.