Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
If a daily Mass has two readings, it’s typically a sign of an important celebration. Today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is one such day. This feast sets aside time to reflect more closely on Jesus’ extraordinary sacrifice at Calvary.
"Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross."
The above passage calls out the seemingly unbelievable nature of Jesus’ sacrifice—that God would take the form of a human and then submit himself to the agony and humiliation of death on a cross. The Gospel gives us the answer to why God took on such an experience, seemingly so far below his glory and majesty: “For God so loved the world…” (John 3:16). Jesus puts into action his teaching “there is no greater love than a man to lay down his life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). Think about it—there is no greater love than the love that God has for each and every one of us.
At some point or another, I think we all take for granted what Jesus did for us on the cross. Without such a sacrifice, we would perish in sin, but now are offered an eternity in paradise with God. Without such a sacrifice, we would be orphans, but now are adopted as children of God. And without such a sacrifice we would be alone, but now have God the Holy Spirit living and working within us!
Today, let’s try to take to heart St. Paul’s words and offer our praise and worship: "At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
As prayer begins, also keep in mind the why behind the Holy Cross. Jesus died because he loved us and wanted to bring us into relationship with him. Let’s follow Jesus’ lead and open our hearts—holding nothing back.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Where have you seen God's glory and His love for you?
When is the last time you pondered Jesus's sacrifice for you? Take it to prayer now.
How can you love Jesus more?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Jesus died for me."
"The name of Jesus."
"Lord I love you."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
"At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Today, put on your favorite praise and worship song and enter into prayer reflection on the glory of God.
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