Intention: For God’s strength and protection for all who care for the world’s persecuted and dispossessed people, that their work may bear the fruits of comfort, peace, and justice.
Today’s Gospel | John 3:13-17
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
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.
From the Meditation on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Let us, then, consider attentively how much we owe to this sacred wood for having contributed this way to our sanctification. By a zeal of ardent love, let us raise it up to Jesus Christ to unite it to him, for he still loves it now, as he loves our salvation, and is glad to have borne it for our sanctification. Therefore, when you have some trouble, unite with Jesus suffering. Love his cross, because you are one of his members; this union and love will soothe your pains and make them much more tolerable.
Eternal Father, through your strength and love, you overcame the darkness of suffering and death for all of us. In our own times of trouble, we know we can call out to you and that you will answer us. When hurt and uncertainty close in on us, let there be room in our hearts for faith. Dissolve our fears and renew within us the spirit of trust and peace. Bless us with your healing so that we can witness your light and love to others, especially those whose pain and trials are far greater than our own. We ask this of who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.