|Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever 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 may not perish but may have eternal life.
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Prayer: (Ronald Raab, CSC)
God of all eternity, you lift up all human suffering in the glory of your Son’s Cross. In his passion, death and resurrection, he redeems all life, forgives all sins, and encourages the life of all people. In the midst of war, you bring peace to human hearts. In the core of despair, you open up the potential of love. In the reality of division, you call us back to forgiveness and in our days of restlessness, you sustain us in faith. Rouse within us the courage to live for others in the midst of all that casts down our hearts and give us the tenderness of your love and the gentleness of your Holy Spirit. In the Cross, we find our home. Amen