On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 15, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us is now and forever the sign of our redemption. By His death and resurrection we have new life in Him.

Sin and Death has no hold over those who believe in Him. And for those who truly believe in Jesus and live His Word have peace, joy and love in abundance.

Lord Jesus I proudly wear the crucifix around my neck as a reminder of Your great love for me. And the only true sign for the redemption of the world.  I pray for the conversion of sinners that they come to the believe and faith in You. Amen

First reading
Numbers 21:4-9

The Israelites left Mount Hor by the road to the Sea of Suph, to skirt the land of Edom. On the way the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’

  At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.

Gospel
John 8:21-30

Again Jesus said to the Pharisees:

‘I am going away; you will look for me and you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’

The Jews said to one another, ‘Will he kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ Jesus went on:

‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

I have told you already: You will die in your sins.

Yes, if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.’

So they said to him, ‘Who are you?’ Jesus answered:

‘What I have told you from the outset. About you I have much to say and much to condemn;
but the one who sent me is truthful, and what I have learnt from him I declare to the world.’

They failed to understand that he was talking to them about the Father. So Jesus said

‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of myself:

what the Father has taught me is what I preach; he who sent me is with me, and has not left me to myself, for I always do what pleases him.’

As he was saying this, many came to believe in him.

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