Friday 14th September, 2012
Triumph of the Cross. Day of penance. Numbers 21:4-9. Do not forget the works of the Lord!. Ps 77(78):1-2, 34-38. Philippians 2:6-11. John 3:13-17.
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The cross symbolises the victory of Jesus over the power of evil and he became the instrument of our redemption.
These few words point to the heart of what today’s readings are about. From the Old Testament we are told that the Israelites gave Moses and God a really hard time. God responded by sending serpents among them and many were bitten. Moses speaks up for them and God listens. Moses responds to God and makes a bronze serpent and anyone bitten by a serpent would look at the bronze serpent and be saved.
St Paul tells the Philippians that Jesus humbled himself and became as we humans are. He distinguished himself by dying on the cross. God raised him on high and proclaimed him as Lord. John tells us we need to believe in the journey of the Son of Man, from heaven to earth and return to God, to have eternal life.
Lord, we pray for the grace to believe.