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Jesus and His Cross

03/22/2009 Leave a comment

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Today is Sunday, and I needed to go to the office in Eastwood City to brush up with my review materials (exam tomorrow) and the web application I am still coding up with and needed to be finished soon. I attended a mass this 5:00 PM in the chapel and the mass is all about the cross of Jesus Christ with a little bit of Israel’s history, its captors (Babylon and immediately the Persian Empire), the temple and about salvation brought by the Father through Jesus Christ. A few phrase of the introductory part of Sambuhay caught my attention.

Jesus is on the cross not only because of the work of evil men. Jesus is on the cross because the cross summarizes his life of giving, forgiving and loving. Jesus could have employed all possible means to crush his enemies and display his power as Son Of God. Instead he shows us that His power lies not in destruction and loving embrace of death so that its venom could be rendered powerless and Jesus’ love revealed to us.

Now I remembered all my sins and compared it to the Israel as a nation.  They did all abomination to the Lord – how they crushed God’s heart in leading a life astray – but, God continue to love the chosen nation even to the point that they killed His Son.  I was stunned and amazed how God is really full of mercy.  When I looked my sins, I feel so lowly that I cannot gaze His face.  That I keep asking for forgiveness and power to (re) gain my strength to continue what I started.  God gave me the power to stand up against the evil and continue living a holy life and trying to live His standards.  Yes, I am not a perfect human being, even that I surrendered by life to Him, I still commit sins and have more struggles after I become a Christian.  But deep within my heart I know and I believe God is there always for me. Will accompany me in the race that I am willing to be finished.   At the end of it, I can also say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)  Towards the end of the mass, I realized that, love is still the number the one weapon and it challenges me of what I still need to be done.  May God help me to enlighten and give me the courage to love my neighbor… even in the midst of danger, misunderstanding, and hatred.

Father, thank you for the life you gave.  Thank you for your Son Jesus, our Lord.  Thank you for your mercy and your love.  I’m sorry for all my sins, and all my sins are against your Holy Will.  Keep me standing amidst of hardships.  Empower me to continue to endure the “race”.  Help me to look up into the cross which Jesus carried in the way to Golgotha.  Help me persevere till the end that I might attain the heavenly place you prepared for me.  I pray for our families and our loved ones, our nation and the whole world.  Let your light shine continually upon us and share that light among us.  May the Church continue to be our family of “salt and light” that shows compassion, mercy and love towards our brethren.

Help us to be a part of it Father.  For your greater glory, in Jesus name I pray.  AMEN.

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