Scripture Reflections for Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Year A, Lectionary 638

Before Jesus was lifted up on the cross, like Moses lifted up the serpent, Christ first humbled himself and came down to humanity. Jesus emptied himself in order to rise in the cross all coming from God's love for us. As we pick up our crosses and move to be lifted up let us do so with love for God and others being the driving factor.

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Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38
Philippians 2:6-11

“So Paul's writing to this church at Philippi and what does he do? In one breath he both upholds Jewish monotheism, right, by quoting Isaiah 45 and at the same time makes clear that implicitly, he doesn't say it, that Jesus is Lord and, who's not lord? Caesar”

Catholic Productions | "Monotheism and the Divinity of Jesus According to Paul" | Brant Pitre | January 29, 2021

“So notice Paul takes a which the Lord says 'I'm God, there is no other. To me every knee will bow and every tongue confess' and Paul takes that text and he applies it to Jesus”

"The Ascension" | Brant Pitre | April 3, 2020

“Humility means to be grounded, to be grounded. God is certainly humbling us at this time and we're called to keep our eyes fixed on that humble Jesus who takes up that cross and embraces it and walks, these days that we know, lead to victory”

"Lean on Me" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | April 5, 2020
John 3:13-17
Overall Readings

“the cross allows us to look upon the very worst that we could do and see in the heart of it divinity somehow, not from us but from God”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Lift up the Cross!" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | September 14, 2023