The second reading at tomorrow’s Mass – the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – turns our attention to the one raised on the Cross, for our sake.
His state was divine,
yet Christ Jesus did not cling
to his equality with God
but emptied himself
to assume the condition of a slave
and became as men are;
and being as all men are,
he was humbler yet,
even to accepting death,
death on a cross.
But God raised him high
and gave him the name
which is above all other names
so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
The simplicity of the language used by Paul is striking. Actually this passage is possibly the text of an early hymn, and so maybe the credit for the words in fact belongs to someone else.
This passage describe in basic language and simple sentences, with the slightest of rhetorical flourishes, an event that touches the heart and impacts on the whole of creation.
- How would you describe Jesus, and the consequences of his life and death?
- When did you last share the the Good News of Jesus, entrusted to us for the life of the world?
- What did you learn from the experience? And how have you tried to apply the learning?
The love of Jesus crucified extends to the whole world. Apse mosaic at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Marseille. Photograph (c) Allen Morris, 2014