Prayer to have the look of faith

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul

Saturday, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, 14 September 2019

Numbers 21:4-9 ><)))*> Philippians 2:6-11 ><)))*> John 3:13-17

The Brazen Serpent Monument on Mt. Nebo inside the Franciscan Monastery in Jordan, May 2019.

“We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you. Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

As we celebrate today the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we widen our gaze on your holy cross, Lord Jesus, that remains standing to remind us of your love and mercy, of your abiding presence and light amidst the many darkness enveloping us today.

When we look around us, when we read the newspapers, watch the TV and listen to the radio, we cannot help but cry, even complain deep within like the Israelites in the wilderness why all the miseries still happening around us with all the killings and injustices going on.

Sometimes, Lord, the powers of evil and sin seem to prevail over the world cast in widespread darkness with all the chaos and confusions going on.

But here lies the beauty of your Cross, Jesus Christ: it does not deny the sufferings and pains caused by our sins that led to your death that still continue to this day and cause our grave sufferings; however, despite this gravity of our sins, your Cross reminds us too of your unending love and mercy.

More powerful than evil and darkness are your love and light, O sweet Jesus made manifest on your Cross.

Grant us that gaze of faith, the look of faith needed by so many of us travelling in this wilderness to always see you Lord who was sent by the Father because he so loved the world that whoever believes in you might not perish but gain eternal life. Amen.

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