Sep. 14, 2018 (Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross)

The First Reading for today as well as the gospel speak of “being lifted up.” Moses lifted up the bronze serpent so those who were bitten by snakes might be cured. Jesus was lifted up on the cross so we could be saved. The word in Greek that is translated a “being lifted up” meant both being crucified and being enthroned as king. In John’s gospel it is the cross from which Jesus reigns. This cross of torture and death God turned into victory. So, today let us acclaim: “We adore You O Christ and we praise You because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.”

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