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Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 14, 2019

Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

 

Numbers 21: 4b-9

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

Jn 3: 13-17

 

Gospel Reading

 

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. 

 

Reflection


CROSS: SYMBOL OF LOVE, SACRIFICE AND COURAGE

 

 

Religions have symbols and many of them have been considered very holy. Often we have noticed among the religious symbols Christianity is represented by cross. Cross symbolizes Jesus’ victory over death; it also signifies the sacrifice of Jesus and hence it is also a symbol of compassion and love. We also notice that cross is used as an item of decoration in the Christian circles. That is why we have different kinds of cross, made of different materials like gold, silver, iron, bronze, wood, clay etc. Many Christians wear cross as their identity. It is very difficult to find a Christian institution without the symbol of cross.

 

When we go through the history the Church we can observe that Cross and Eucharist which were very powerful symbols of Christianity at the beginning, gradually becoming objects of worship and loosing the original symbolic meanings. Today cross is more of an object of veneration or worship and an item of decoration. In the context of market economy sale of pious articles has become a commercial activity and cross has a prominent place among the pious articles.

 

Jesus had told his disciples, “Take up your cross and follow me”. Cross is to be carried in the sense anyone who wants to follow Jesus will have to undergo suffering and they must be ready to spend themselves for the sake of others. In other words altruism should be the way of life of a Christian.  St. John writes, “For God so loved the world so much so that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.” Jesus through his life and teaching showed us how to lead a life of love and become expressions of God’s love. Belief in Jesus means not only believing in the person of Jesus but also believing in the core values and principles of Jesus and a strong commitment to live those values. In a way cross and Eucharist symbolize those core values. Today when we celebrate the triumph of cross we have to ask ourselves whether we are living the core values of Jesus and becoming role models of:

 

·         ♦ Selfless and inclusive love

·         ♦ Forgiveness

·         ♦ Uncompromising stand on truth and justice

·         ♦ Selfless sharing

 

Fr. Jacob Peenikaprambil CMI

 


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