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


Saturday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

September 14, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Numbers 21:4b-9

Psalm 78

Philippians 2:6-11

John 3:13-17

Today’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and the text from John’s Gospel passage,” For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish, but have eternal life,” puts all of us at the 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 the Christ.

But 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 – we are saved by the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus, but the realization of that wonderful reality takes us a lifetime to receive.

The reality of God’s love in the person of Jesus is our very reason to be as Christians.   Just think how blessed we are by that love.  It is the very cornerstone of our faith in God and in Christ.

My prayer for us all is that as we contemplate that marvelous goodness of God and Jesus’ words recorded in John’s Gospel each day of our lives.  We do this for two reasons; to understand it and to live it because God does love the world and us so that we have eternal life, the ultimate gift of God for you and for me.  And that the cross that we live with each of our days will link us to Jesus’ own life, death and resurrection.    

Question of the Day:  Do you live in God’s love every day and pass that love on to others?

Prayer of the Day:  Help us Lord to be so united with the paschal mystery of Jesus, that through Him the world can become a better place to dwell.  You promise us much for this life and for our eternal presence with You; may we live into that promise each day.  (Taken from “Minute Meditations for Each Day.)



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