The crucifix has always been a symbol of hope for Christians. It is on the cross that the Son of Man was lifted up….. Jesus made allusion to his being lifted up in this Sunday’s Gospel (John., 3:14-21) in his discourse with Nicodemus. Our Lord presents his forthcoming death on the cross as an elevation and a glorification. He takes us back to the scene in Book of Numbers (chapter 21) where Moses lifted up the sign of the serpent and all those who gazed on it were healed and lived. The Son of Man must be lifted up to save us; to heal us and give us life. It is not a coincidence that after the fractioning of the Consecrated Host, the priest also lift up the Son of Man – broken for us, sacrificed for us – and says: “Behold the Lamb of God……” At our Eucharistic celebration we witness the one and the same lifting up of Jesus onto the cross 2000 years ago. He is lifted up so that ‘everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him’.
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ Fr Michael