Archive for September 14, 2016

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: September 14, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

No one can ever say that God does not love him or her. No one can ever say He does not know or understand our pain and suffering. For the greatest sign of His love for us is our Lord Jesus Christ hung on the cross for us. Once used an emblem of suffering and shame has become us for us a sign of redemption; victory over death and sin. Through Him and Him alone we are saved.

And so sisters and brothers wear your crucifixes proudly! For today as we exalt the Holy Cross. We proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ is Lord! And God our Father’s plan for salvation of us is completed in Him. Through the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ we are raised to new life in Him. Amen

First reading
Numbers 21:4-9

On the way through the wilderness 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.

Second reading
Philippians 2:6-11

His state was divine,
yet Christ Jesus did not cling
to his equality with God but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave and became as men are; and being as all men are,
he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross.

But God raised him high and gave him the name which is above all other names so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld, should bend the knee at the name of Jesus and that every tongue should acclaim Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

John 3:13-17

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.

Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.

For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.’