REFLECTION FOR THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
TOPIC: THE CROSS: SYMBOL OF GOD’S LOVE AND MERCY
BY: Fr. Mike Lagrimas
Gospel: Jn 3:13-17 – Salvation through the Cross of Jesus.
Message # 551: “Jesus Crucified is Your Salvation”
(TO THE PRIESTS, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons, Marian Movement of Priests)
. The Marian Message
a) The Blessed Mother reminds us that we should preach only the true Jesus, and it is the crucified Jesus: “It is only Jesus Crucified who must today be preached and exalted by you on every part of the world” (letter c).
b) Jesus Crucified is the salvation for the whole mankind (letter d). The world is living in hatred and division, of violence and wars. It is headed to self destruction. This is because the world is living away from God and even against His moral principles. It is precisely for the salvation of the world that Jesus offered his life on the cross as ransom so that mankind can be reconciled to God.
c) Jesus crucified is the salvation for the Church (letter g). It is his Mystical Body “which is now living the very events of his passion and his immolation.” It is in the Church that Jesus accomplishes his act of redemption of mankind in three ways:
1) by renewing his sacrifice of redemption, especially the Eucharist; 2) by giving abundant graces through the sacraments; and
3) by taking away the sins and evil in the world through his pardon. All these acts take place within the Church.
d) “Jesus Crucified is the salvation for you all, my children” (letter h). Living in this world is dangerous. We are always in danger of being lost. But the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is what gives us salvation: just reparation to the Father, abundance of heavenly graces, and renewal of hearts and souls of all.
e) In these final times, the Blessed Mother invites us all to look at Jesus crucified. He is our salvation as he draws all people to himself. He is coming soon to establish his final glory and victory. The sign will be the big cross in the sky: “His bright Cross, which will stretch itself out in the heavens from the east to the west, will indicate to you all the return of Jesus in glory” (letter i). The triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will coincide with the final coming of the Lord Jesus in glory.