“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18

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TODAY’S WORD…

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For the message about Christ’s death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost;

but for us who are being saved it is God’s power.

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– 1 Corinthians 1:18 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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The cross of Christ leads the way to true wisdom and prudence.

No one may remain indifferent to it.

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Some people see the message of the Cross

the message about Christ’s death on the cross – as folly:

these are on the road to nowhere

or, worse than nowhere, to perdition.

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Others – those who are on the road to salvation –

are discovering that the Cross is "God’s power",

because it has conquered the evil one and sin.

On the wood of the Cross hung the Saviour of the world!

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Simplicity and humility are needed

if one is to discover the divine wisdom and truth of the Cross.

Look, therefore, with the eyes of faith at the image of Christ of the Cross

and you will see God in His full benevolence;

and your soul will recognise and exalt at the power of His great love;

and you will be filled with indescribable hope

and with the great joy that comes from knowing and acknowledging God’s saving grace.

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QUOTE…

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"O most precious gift of the Cross! How splendid it looks! […]

It is a tree which begets life, without causing death;

which sheds light, without casting shadows;

which leads to Paradise and does not expel anyone therefrom;

it is the wood which Christ ascended, as a king mounting his chariot,

to defeat the devil who had usurped the power of death,

and to set mankind free from the thrall in which the devil held it.

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This wood, on which the Lord, valiant fighter in the combat,

was wounded in His divine hands and feet and side,

healed the effects of sins

and the wounds which the pernicious dragon had inflicted on our nature […].

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That supreme wisdom, which, so to speak, flourished on the Cross,

exposed the boasts and the foolish arrogance of the wisdom of the world."

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– St Theodore the Studite

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus on the Cross, save me from myself.

Jesus on the Cross, save me from the world.

My Loving Saviour, thank You for the great hope You instil in my heart!

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