need a lift?
"When you lift up the Son of Man..." —John 8:28
When the Son of Man is lifted up, Jesus will draw all people to Himself (Jn 12:32) so that they may realize that He is God, believe that He is Healer (Jn 8:28), and receive eternal life (Jn 3:14-15). Lifting up Jesus unleashes a life-changing, parish-changing, and world-changing sequence of events. Therefore, we must devote ourselves to ensuring that Jesus is constantly being lifted up.
How is Jesus lifted up? He is lifted up:
- on His cross. Display crucifixes everywhere — in your home, parish, school, office, car, and other places.
- at the elevation of the Eucharist in Mass. Attend Mass daily or as often as possible, and invite others to join you.
- as He is exposed in the monstrance at Eucharistic adoration. Adore the eucharistic Jesus whenever possible. Work to promote eucharistic adoration wherever you can.
- in a manner of speaking, in the praises of His people. Praise God daily. Praise Him in church (Ps 150:1). Praise Him with the spiritual gift of tongues (1 Cor 14:2, 17). Start or join a prayer and praise group. Pray the Divine Praises. "Praise the Lord!" (Ps 150:6)
- during Sunday Mass, as the Word of God, Jesus (Jn 1:1, 14), is lifted up as the priest or deacon lifts high the Book of the Gospels before proclaiming the Gospel reading. Teach others to tremble at His Word (Is 66:2).
Jesus proclaims: "I — once I am lifted up from earth — will draw all men to Myself" (Jn 12:32). Therefore, "lift high the cross!" Lift up the name of Jesus! Give your world a lift.
Prayer: Jesus, may I decrease so that You may increase (Jn 3:30).
Promise: "You will surely die in your sins unless you come to believe that I AM." —Jn 8:24
Praise: It is when she sings the praises of Jesus, her Lord and God, that Ramona feels the most lifted.
Reference: (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
Rescript: †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 11, 2008
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