Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Malvern Minute


Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Glen Mills, PA


Today’s Readings:

Numbers 21:4b-9

Psalm 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37-38

Philippians 2:6-11

John 3:13-17


Today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as well as the Gospel narrative of Saint John, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might nor perish but might have eternal life,” puts us at the very center of our life of faith in Jesus.  It doesn’t get any simpler: we are saved by God’s goodness in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Friends, with so many issues of our faith life that we describe as simple, the simplicity masks some of the difficulties that we have in accepting the tremendous love of God for us.  In one sense it is all there, right in front of us; we are saved by the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus, but the realization of that wonderous reality takes us a lifetime to receive.

The profound reality of God’s love in the person of Jesus is our very reason to be a Catholic Christian.  We are blessed beyond any measure by that profound love.  In fact, it is the very cornerstone of our faith in God and in Christ.

My prayer for all of us is that as we contemplate that marvelous goodness of God our Father and of Jesus our Redeemer is to remember the words of Saint John noted in the first paragraph of this reflection.  Additionally, to bear in mind that the crosses that we live with each of our days will link us to Jesus’ own life, death and resurrection. 

Question of the Day:  As you bear your cross with the dignity of Jesus, will you help those in need to bear there’s? 

Prayer:  Help us Lord God to be united with paschal mystery of Jesus, that through Him the world can become a better place to live.  Amen.


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