Tuesday, 27 September 2005

Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

The Gospel reading of Orthros:

The Lord said: ‘Father, glorify your name.’ There thereupon came a voice from Heaven: ‘Both have I glorified it and will I glorify it.’

The crowd, that which stood by and heard, was saying that a clap of thunder had occurred. Others were saying: ‘An angel has spoken to him.’

Jesus replied and said: ‘Not for me has this voice occurred, but for you.

‘Now is the judgement of this world; now will the ruler of this world be utterly cast out.

‘And I, if I am raised up from the earth, will draw all men towards myself.’

(He was saying this, then, to indicate by what death he was going to die.)

The crowd replied to him: ‘We heard from the Law that the Christ remains to the Age, and how do you say that the Son of Man must be raised up? Who is this Son of Man?’

Jesus thereupon said to them: ‘For yet a little time the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, so that the darkness not overcome you. And he who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.

‘While you have the Light, believe in the Light so that you become Sons of Light.’

(John 12, 28–36.)

It is on the Cross that the Son is glorified by the Father. This is not a literary device: the glorification of the Christ occurs not in the Resurrection but on the Cross. Who can penetrate to the depth of this mystery?


  1. just in case you do not know, i am reading your work on the net. you reading Bible in Greek? I am very interested in the Word also. Reading your intepretation is interesting.


  2. Thank you very much, Ann. I'm glad you find the posts interesting. See the next post for an explanation of how the translations are done.