September 14th, 2014, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
“Everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life” / John 3:16
The Israelites grumbled and complained in the desert. The Lord exposed them to poisonous snakes which bit them, and some even died. This led the people to acknowledge their sinfulness to Moses and ask his prayers. The Lord then instructed Moses to mount a serpent on a pole so that anyone who had been bitten and looked upon the serpent would recover. Moses did this and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked on the pole, he or she recovered.
The important thing in this story is not any magical powers that the bronze serpent might possess, but the faith and repentance on the part of the people, and the forgiving, healing love of God for his people. Much later in history, the bronze serpent is portrayed as a sign of God’s salvation. / Numbers 21:4-9
In the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that“Jesus emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…; he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.” Paul encourages us to follow Jesus’ example in our attitude towards others. / Philippians 2:6-11
The Pharisee Nicodemus came to see Jesus under cover of night. Jesus leads him gradually into the deeper truths about God’s love for us. Jesus explains so beautifully that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life”. / John 3:13-17
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