Friday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute


A Minute from Malvern 
September 14, 2018 – Friday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time, The Triumph of the Cross
Father John Meyers, Rector
Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)


Gospel Jn 3:13-17

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.

-This feast celebrates the finding of the true cross of Christ by St. Helena, wife of the emperor Constantine.

-These highlighted words are well known but not as well lived.  God so loved YOU that He gave His only Son.  God so loved ______ (insert the name of one you do not care for) that He gave His only Son.

-A certain presidential candidate sought to ingratiate himself with a Christian group by declaring that John 16:3 was his favorite Bible verse.  If you want a good laugh, look it up!

-Crucifixion was the worst form of torture and execution known in the days of the Roman Empire.  It was reserved for the worst criminals.  Taking that as the sign of triumph was quite counter-cultural.  The cross of Christ has become for us the Tree of Life!

-In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, this day has been chosen to be a day of fasting and prayer for the victims of clergy sexual abuse and for the grace of genuine reform of the Church in every aspect of Church life. Acts of penance are quite minimal in the Church these days. They were reduced so that folks could choose what best suited their particular needs.  Instead, many just stopped altogether.  Self-denial, mortification, and reparation are no longer in believers’ vocabulary outside of Lent.  Like physical exercise, spiritual exercise is essential for healthy life and growth.

Questions for Discussion & Decision:

  • When I make the sign of the cross, do I remember the gift and call of Baptism and the price paid for the forgiveness of my sins?
  • Have I experienced the triumph of the cross of Christ in my life?
  • What does this day call me to do differently?
  • Do I see a need to increase my spiritual exercise?

Let us pray!

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus
while before Your face I humbly kneel and,
with burning soul,
pray and beseech You
to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments
of faith, hope, and charity;
true contrition for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.
While I contemplate,
with great love and tender pity,
Your five most precious wounds,
pondering over them within me
and calling to mind the words which David,
Your prophet, said to You, my Jesus:
“They have pierced My hands and My feet,
they have numbered all My bones.”



Father John


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