Cross is not a sign of suffering but sign of love.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 14, 2020
Today’s Readings:

Numbers 21:4b-9
Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-38 (with 7b)
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17
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USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
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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.

There is a great misunderstanding in our times of understanding the true meaning of Cross. Cross is a sign of Sacrifice and Sacrifice is a sign of love. Cross is not a sign of suffering or troubles in our life but a sign of Sacrifice and love. Jesus was sent to the World to love the World and teach the World the true meaning of love. The true love or saving love is to die to our self ego, thinking,Pride, selfishness, Worldliness, greed, self righteousness , self benefit and give and forgive to our least Brothers and Sisters.

Jesus came in to this World and died himself and gave himself as a ransom to the Whole World. Jesus did not come to the World to give advice or judge or condemn or criticize or Complain about the World but to teach the World the true meaning of love by sacrificing his Soul, body,mind and divinity for the benefit of the Whole World. Jesus loved his people and had to sacrifice his life as a Human or divine and we call this Sacrifice as suffering but in truth Jesus enjoyed the sacrifice because it was an act of love. A Mother goes through so much of pain in her life to up bring her child but never considers the dirt or pain or humiliation or hunger or poverty as suffering but she enjoys nurturing the Child with joy because she does these things in love.

Jesus did not teach to love but loved by sacrificing his life in action. The Worldly sufferings do not come from the Lord but made by ourselves due to Sin and selfishness. We can not call these sufferings as Cross or sacrifice but these sufferings are just opposite to the Cross ans sacrifices because there is no love involved in these sufferings. These sufferings are result of denying the love or running away from love and Sacrifice or our responsibility.

Prayer : Lord Jesus make me an instrument of cross and love.Amen

The Royal Road of the Cross

Thomas à Kempis

APRIL 10, 2019

Available languages: 한국어

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There will always be many who love Christ’s heavenly kingdom, but few who will bear his cross. Many are eager to be happy with him; few wish to suffer anything for him.

Many love Christ as long as they encounter no hardship; many praise and bless him as long as they receive some comfort from him. But if Jesus hides himself and leaves them for a while, they either start complaining or become dejected. Those, on the contrary, who love him for his own sake and not for any comfort of their own, praise him both in trial and anguish of heart as well as in the bliss of consolation. Even if Jesus should never comfort them, they would continue to praise and thank him. What power there is in a pure love for Jesus – love that is free from all self-interest and self-love!

Do not those who always seek consolation prove that they love themselves rather than Christ? Where can we find anyone who is willing to serve God for nothing? Such a person is worth far more than the jewels brought from the most distant lands.

Take up your cross and follow Jesus, and you will inherit everlasting life. There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way and discipline of the cross. Go where you will, seek what you want, you will not find a higher way, nor a less exalted but safer way, than the way of the cross. Arrange and order everything to suit your desires and you will still have to bear some kind of suffering, willingly or unwillingly.

The cross, therefore, is unavoidable. It waits for you everywhere. No matter where you may go, you cannot escape it, for wherever you go you take yourself along. Turn where you will – above, below, without, or with­in – you will find the cross.

If you willingly carry the cross, it will carry you. It will take you to where suffering comes to an end, a place other than here. If you carry it unwillingly, you create a burden for yourself and increase the load, though still you have to bear it. If you try to do away with one cross, you will find another and perhaps a heavier one. How do you expect to escape what no one else can avoid? Which saint was exempt? Not even Jesus Christ was spared. Why is it that you look for another way other than the royal way of the holy cross?

The whole life of Christ was a cross. And the more spiritual progress you strive for, the heavier will your crosses become, for as your love for God increases so will the pain of your exile.

When you willingly carry your cross, every pang of tribulation is changed into hope of solace from God. Besides, with every affliction the spirit is strengthened by grace. For it is the grace of Christ, and not our own virtue, that gives us the power to overcome the flesh and the world. You will not even fear your enemy, the devil, if you arm yourself with faith and are signed with the cross of Christ.

Decide then, like a good and faithful servant of Christ, to bear bravely the cross of your Lord. It was out of love that he was crucified for you. Drink freely from the Lord’s cup if you wish to be his friend. Leave your need for consolation to God. Let him do as he wills. On your part, be ready to bear sufferings and consider how in these sufferings lies your greatest consolation. The sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come.

When you get to the point where for Christ’s sake suffering becomes sweet, consider yourself fortunate, for you have found paradise on earth.

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