Sunday, September 14, 2014

From CMMB: Your Weekly Reflection 9/14/14

Weekly Prayer Reflection for Summer
“God so loved the world that He gave His only son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but may have eternal life.”
John 3:16
September 14, 2014
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Dear Friends,
The Cross is around us. We cannot avoid it. We see this very clearly in the battle against the spread of Ebola. The families, villages, and individuals who are afflicted or threatened by the virus have had their lives changed, and bear a cross of suffering imposed upon them by this epidemic.
Around his neck, Pope Francis wears a cross on a pendant—but it is a cross with a difference. In place of Jesus Christ dying, it shows an image of the Good Shepherd embracing the one lost sheep with the ninety-nine sheep in the background. I see this as indicating that to reach out and help others, to seek to find and help the lost, is truly to take up and embrace the Cross. Is not this what we see in the battle to overcome Ebola? We see the heroic efforts of doctors and health workers to bring aid to those suffering and prevent the spread of the virus. These workers freely take up the Cross by their dedication, exposing themselves to danger, sacrificing for the sake of others, as Jesus Christ did when He took up the Cross.

Lord Jesus Christ, You call us to be saints along the way of the Cross. Cleanse us with pardon of Your Cross. Instruct us in the school of Your Cross. Arm us for the battle of holiness by the might of Your Cross. Bring us to the victory of your Cross, and seal us in the Kingdom of Heaven among the servants of Your Cross, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
 Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors

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