VeritasPH

The Word, The Truth

 175 total views

The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Thursday, Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, 14 September 2023
Numbers 21:4-9 ><]]]]'> Philippians 2:6-11 ><]]]]'> John 3:13-17
Photo by author, Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, QC, 2017.

The cross is perhaps one of the most widely used but also abused and misunderstood sign in almost every generation. In fact, we are so accustomed to the cross of Jesus Christ found everywhere like in churches and cemeteries, offices and classrooms, hospitals, inside every kind of vehicle and, of course, houses. Almost everybody carry it on our persons for various reasons: as an object of veneration, as a badge, or as a jewel.

On the cross we find Jesus shown in glory, peacefully sleeping in death, sometimes with his body broken by suffering. Hence, many times we use the word “cross” like in “cross my heart” to indicate our sincerity and truthfulness. But, are we truly aware of its meaning and significance in our faith, of its centrality as the symbol of God’s love for us expressed by the self-sacrificing death of Jesus Christ his Son?

Photo by author, St. Scholastica Convent, Baguio City, 23 August 2023.

Today we celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross which started in the fourth century. According to legend it began with the miraculous discovery of the True Cross by Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, on 14 September 326, while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. She then ordered through her son the emperor the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre that was dedicated nine years later with a portion of the True Cross placed inside it in September 13, 335. The following day, the Cross was brought outside of the church to be venerated by the clergy and the faithful.

In the year 627, during the reign of the Emperor Heraclius I of Constantinople, the Persians conquered the city of Jerusalem and removed a major part of the Cross from its sanctuary. The emperor then launched a campaign to recover the True Cross which he regarded as the new Ark of the Covenant for the new People of God. Before embarking into war, Emperor Heraclius went to church wearing black as a sign of penance, then prostrated himself before the altar and begged God for courage. His prayer was granted as he won the war and recovered the Cross from the Persians. He brought the Cross back to Jerusalem in 641 amid great celebrations by carrying it on his shoulders. Upon reaching the gate leading to Calvary, the emperor could not go forward! Heraclius and his retinue were astonished and could not understand what had happened until the Patriarch Zachary of Jerusalem told him, “Take care, O Emperor! In truth, the imperial clothing you are wearing does not sufficiently resemble the poor and humiliated condition of Jesus carrying His cross.”

Upon hearing those words, the emperor removed his shoes and bejewelled robes, put on a poor man’s clothing and was eventually able to proceed to Calvary and replaced the Cross inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where a number of miracles happened during the occasion: a dead man returned to life, four paralytics were cured, ten lepers were healed, 15 blind men were given their sight, with several possessed people exorcised and many sick people totally healed!

Photo by author, Mirador Jesuit Villa & Retreat House, Baguio City, 24 August 2023.

Very notable in this story were the words of the Patriarch of Jerusalem. It was only after the emperor had taken off his royal clothings and put on those of the poor was he able to carry the Cross.

It is the same thing that is asked of us today: it is so easy to display the cross inside our homes and cars, or wear it as a jewelry or even as a tattoo on our skin. But that would amount to nothing unless we have the cross inside our hearts, our very being. More than the many signs of the cross and imaginary drawing of its lines we draw on our chest is the need for us to empty ourselves of our pride and sins so that we can be filled by Jesus Christ.

Brothers and sisters: Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. 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.

Philippians 2:6-8

Called kenosis in Greek, self-emptying is the way of the Cross of Christ. It is choosing love and mercy than self-centeredness and self-righteousness; sacrifice than satisfaction; fairness and justice than greed and possession; bearing all the pains and perseverance than complaining and whining about difficulties and trials in life like the Israelites in the wilderness (first reading); and, thinking more of others than of one’s self.

Photo by author, 02 September 2023.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic had taught something very amusing about the positivity of being negative, when negative was actually positive – healthy and COVID free! Remember how during those days when we would always wish we would yield negative results in our swab tests for COVID?

When we look at the sign of the cross (+), it is a positive sign, a plus sign. Though the cross calls us to let go, to be detached and dispossessed, it is actually an invitation to have more of God, of life and fulfillment! In this time of affluence when everything is practically easily available for as long as you have the means and the resources, the sign of the Cross reminds us that life is more of letting go and of giving than of having like God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that he who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn.3:16). St. Francis of Assisi said it perfectly why the Cross is an exaltation, a triumph:

For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  

Amen.  Have a blessed Thursday!
Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

BPO industry

 12,673 total views

 12,673 total views Kapanalig, hindi natin maitatanggi, ang laking tulong, ginhawa, at pag-asa ang dinala Business Process Outprocessing industry o BPO, sa maraming manggagawang Filipino. Nabigyan ng opsyon ang marami nating mga mamamayan – graduate, o bagong graduate, middle aged, o kahit retired na, part-time, full-time – marami ang nagkaroon ng pagkakataon kumita dahil dito. Nakakapamili

Read More »

Balik Probinsya

 20,718 total views

 20,718 total views Kapanalig, marami ngayong Filipino ang nahahalina at pumipiling magbuhay probinsya. Malaking pagbabago ito, dahil bago mag pandemic, ang ating mga syudad, partikular na ang National Capital Region ang pangunahing migration destination sa ating bayan. Trabaho ang pangunahing rason – sa mga syudad kasi makikita ang karamihan sa mga oportunidad sa bayan. Pero iba

Read More »

Kuryente

 25,798 total views

 25,798 total views Kapanalig, kahit ano pang pagpipikit mata natin o bulagbugan, hindi natin matitiis na ang mahal ng halaga ng kuryente sa ating bansa. Lalo ngayon kapanalig, na tumataas ang halaga ng dolyar, pihado, madarama na natin ang panibagong aray sa kuryente. Nauna na nga ang pasakit ng halaga ng krudo at gas, hindi ba?

Read More »

Nutrisyong sapat para sa lahat

 31,505 total views

 31,505 total views Mga Kapanalig, ang buwan ng Hunyo ay Nutrition Month batay sa Presidential Decree No. 491 noong 1974. Ngayong taon, ibinibida ng National Nutrition Council ang Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (o PPAN) sa selebrasyon ng Nutrition Month, na may temang “Sa PPAN: Sama-sama sa nutrisyong sapat para sa lahat!”. Ano nga ba

Read More »

Ipagtanggol ang mga katutubong tagapagtanggol

 40,293 total views

 40,293 total views Mga Kapanalig, noong Hunyo pinaputukan ng isang armadong grupo ang mga katutubong residente ng Maria Hangin Island sa Balabac, Palawan.  Nangyari ang insidenteng ito isang araw matapos pigilan ng mga residente ang mga tauhan ng Department of Agrarian Reform (o DAR) na dumaong sa isla. Magsagawa sana noon ng konsultasyon ang DAR, kasama

Read More »
catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Travelling in Christ, with Christ

 209 total views

 209 total views The Lord Is My Chef Sunday Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B, 14 July 2024 Amos 7:12-15 ><}}}*> Ephesians 1:3-24 ><}}}*> Mark 6:7-13 Photo by Jason Toevs on Pexels.com It is always easy to spot any flight back to Manila if you happen

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Words, words, words…

 900 total views

 900 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 12 July 2024 Hosea 14:2-10 <*[[[[><< + >><]]]]*> Matthew 10:16-23 Photo by Skitterphoto on Pexels.com Thus says the Lord: Return, O Israel, to the Lord, your God; you

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Our hands, a gospel in themselves

 2,688 total views

 2,688 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday, Memorial of St. Benedict, Abbott, 11 July 2024 Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 <*[[[[>< + ><]]]]*> Matthew 10:7-15 Jesus said to his Apostles: “As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

First we learn, then we are sent

 1,608 total views

 1,608 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 10 July 2024 Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12 <*((((>< + ><))))*> Matthew 10:1-7 Photo by shy sol on Pexels.com Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Abundant harvest?

 690 total views

 690 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 09 July 2024 Hose 8:4-7, 11-13 ><))))*> + <*((((>< Matthew 9:32-38 Photo by Onnye on Pexels.com Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Blessedness of desert

 939 total views

 939 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Monday in the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 08 July 2024 Hosea 2:16,17-18, 21-22 <*((((><< + >><))))*> Matthew 9:18-26 Photo by Walid Ahmad on Pexels.com Thus says the Lord: I will allure her; I will lead

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Our blessed failures

 1,917 total views

 1,917 total views The Lord Is My Chef Sunday Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B, 07 July 2024 Ezekiel 2:2-5 ><}}}}*> 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 ><}}}}*> Mark 6:1-6 Photo by Mr. Gelo Carpio, Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan, January 2020. Last week’s readings clarified with us the

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Praying to be prophetic

 1,628 total views

 1,628 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II First Friday in the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 05 July 2024 Amos 8:4-6, 9-12 <*((((><< + >><))))*> Matthew 9:9-13 Photo by Dra. Mylene A. Santos, MD in Infanta, Quezon 2020. Help us, loving Father

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

That crossing again…

 6,060 total views

 6,060 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday in the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 04 July 2024 Amos 7:10-17 <*((((><< + >><))))*> Matthew 9:1-8 Photo by Mr. Raffy Tima, GMA-7 News in Batanes, 2018. Oh how I love the gospel this

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

The gift of communion

 3,407 total views

 3,407 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Wednesday, Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle, 03 July 2024 Ephesians 2:19-22 <*{{{{>< + ><}}}}*> John 20:24-29 From the the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas, dolr.org. Praise and glory to You, God our Father for your gift

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

When God speaks

 3,683 total views

 3,683 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Tuesday in the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time, Year II, 02 July 2024 Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12 <‘[[[[>< + ><]]]]’> Matthew 8:23-27 Photo by author in San Juan, La Union, 25 July 2023. Your words are weighty and

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

How to fail in marriage

 3,684 total views

 3,684 total views Quiet Storm by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, 01 July 2024 Image from http://www.oodegr.com. Many people today see marriage in the human level, downplaying or outrightly refusing its supernatural dimension being a gift and a grace from God. What is most funny with them is how they also insist on giving weddings some semblance

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Jesus crossed seas & streets to lead us to the side of life, again & again…

 4,431 total views

 4,431 total views The Lord Is My Chef Sunday Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B, 30 June 2024 Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24 ><}}}}*> 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 ><}}}}*> Mark 5:21-43 August 20, 2021 frontpage photo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer at the height of COVID-19

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Gift of encouragement

 5,166 total views

 5,166 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr, 28 June 2024 2 Kings 25:1-12 <‘[[[[>< + ><]]]]’> Matthew 8:1-4 It is the end of another week of work and studies for most of us, God our loving

Read More »
Latest Blog
Rev. Fr. Nicanor Lalog II

Finding God where we are, not where we would want to be

 5,165 total views

 5,165 total views The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Thursday, Memorial of St. Cyril, Bishop & Doctor of the Church, 27 June 2024 2 Kings 24:8-17 <*((((><< + >><))))*> Matthew 7:21-29 Photo by Ms. Analyn Dela Torre, March 2024. God our loving Father, help us find

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top