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Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 14, 2014

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, S. J.

Being Saved by God’s Kind Favor

We would love to point to our successes, our virtues and improvements, our earnestness in trying so hard, our ardent confessions or even our nine first Fridays. But it is not our own doing, this salvation. It is not a result of our effort.


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

The World’s Darkness

Nicodemus seems to have pondered and perhaps even pursued his interest in Jesus further, no doubt in discussion with others in typically Mediterranean, group-centered fashion.


Thoughts from the
Early Church


It was good for the people who grumbled against the Lord to be prostrated by the bites of serpents, for this outward scourge would make them realize how much inward damage they suffered because of their grumbling.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The very sight of Christ lifted up on the cross has power to bring men and women to faith and repentance, just as the contemplation of the serpent lifted up on the pole by Moses was able to heal the Israelites who had been bitten by fiery serpents.