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The Son Of Man Had To Be Lifted Up

posted Sep 12, 2014, 9:31 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Sep 12, 2014, 9:32 PM ]
14 September 2014 ( The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Feast )
The Son Of Man Had To Be Lifted Up
The first reading shows Moses lifting up the bronze serpent, a symbol of salvation (Wisdom 16:5-6) in the wilderness. This is a symbolic prophecy of the Son of Man who was to be lifted up. In the second reading, we see that though Jesus possessed divine equality with God, he did not treat his divinity as something to be exploited during his incarnation. Instead, he emptied himself and took on the form of a slave. He was obedient to the divine plan and accepted death on the cross. For this, the Heavenly Father elevated Jesus to the highest honours, from the cross to exaltation. He gave Jesus the most holy of all names so that every knee shall bend at His name and every tongue shall confess He is Lord to the Father’s glory. The gospel highlights the incredible love of God for the world to send His Son into the world that it might be saved through him. For those who believe, through the exaltation of the Lord Jesus, life is in him. As we celebrate this feast day, let us remember that the Son of Man had to be lifted up so that we may obtain our salvation through Christ our Lord.