Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Our gospel is a bit short but it contains a lengthy and immense significance for us to reflect on. Today, let us focus our reflection on the cross and re-examine what this is cross all about that will help us deepen our faith. Eversince, the cross is considered to be the most powerful symbol of Christianity. It is depicted everywhere, from churches to houses, to offices, to cars and personal symbolic accessories. With this, the significance and deep meaning of the cross reduced to something that is peripheral and superficial. As Lasallians and Christians let us ask ourselves, what is the true/real essence of the cross? —- (you may pause for a moment and silently ask this question again) Our Lord Jesus died on the cross for us to be saved hence, the cross symbolizes suffering and salvation, death and life, fall and redemption. As we nurture our relationship to God, we are then challenged by our Lord, “to take up our own personal cross (rf Lk 9:23) and carry it as he freely and willingly undergo the sacrifices we encounter in our ordinary existence. Our suffering then is a way that leads us towards salvation, life and redemption.
Lasallian Guiding Principle
SJBDLS did something extraordinary in an ordinary way precisely because of his undeniable faith to our heavenly Father and that the power of the Hoy Spirit leads him to live a holy and virtuous life by committing himself in nurturing the life of the poor children to the extent of losing his own life. LGP reiterates the very mission of our Lasallian heritage i.e. nurturing our faith by living out and being part of God’s plan of fullness of life by lessening human suffering. As Lasallians, we are challenged to respond with full commitment and excellence through giving our best even in the most unlikely circumstance. Our actions, then, must always be aligned with our founder’s aspirations, legacy and being the living example of piety.
Lord Jesus Christ, by your death on the cross you have won pardon for us and freedom from the tyranny of sin and death. May we live in the joy and freedom of your victory over sin and teach us to be humble as you are humble and to love others generously. Amen.
Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Value: Spirit of Faith (Nurturing Faith)
Culture Theme: We nurture our relationship with God.
Productivity Theme: Norms of Piety
Institutional Common Virtues (ICV)ICV Week 2: We actively seek out encounters with God
in sacramental celebrations.
Daily Gospel. September 15, 2018, from https://dailygospel.org/M/AM/
Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family
Prepared by: Vlad Gorde