Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/09/14

Impulse: So must the son of Man be lifted up

Tuesday, August 1

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

                                                        Gospel: John 3:13-17



So must the son of Man be lifted up. (Verse 14)


The son of man was lifted up on the cross so that all could see him.  But why do we look at Him as he is suffering?  Why not look at His resurrection?  Now it’s not suggested that we should not look at His resurrection.  We should view Jesus throughout His life:  the Christ child in the crèche, His childhood in the house in Nazareth, His miracles in public, etc.  But there is special value to viewing Jesus on the cross.


So must the son of Man be lifted up.


Today, during the feast day of the Triumph of the Cross, the church invites us to look at the Jesus on the cross.  We first see His terrible suffering.  There is something that keeps us from confronting this suffering.  We do not like to see suffering.   Surely it is the fear of our own suffering that makes it so difficult to see suffering.  But we should see Him, the one who suffers.


So must the son of Man be lifted up.


In seeing Jesus’ suffering we can learn something important for our life:  There is another side.  There is a saying that goes:  “There are no thorns without roses.”  The suffering is not the only thing.  When we look at Jesus on the cross, we see love in His suffering.  Love makes sense of the suffering.  Love makes suffering bearable.  “For God so loved the world…” (Verse 16)

So must the son of Man be lifted up.

Let us look today on Jesus lifted up on the cross.  Yes,  He is suffering, but He is lifted up!  He is accepted by God.  He is suffering because of the love He has for humanity.  He wants to show us that in suffering we must not lose hope.  Through His suffering we can see our suffering in a new light.  Jesus shows us the way, how we can deal with our own suffering, how we can accept it, how we can turn it into love.  Even in the thorns of our life there are roses!  Today, let us look at Jesus on the cross, let us look up to the cross and let us bind our own suffering with His.


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