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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 14, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Love lifted on the cross for me: my Lord, my God, my salvation. Love lifted high to set me free: my Lord, my God, my salvation. Lyrics from this beautiful song of the cross which provides great depth for reflection on God our Father’s love for us all.

Many times in our life we had chosen to turn out backs on our Lord, placing everything else above Him. We had spoken or unspoken words of anger against God in our hearts. We had chosen to sin, sometimes out of spite, other times as an escape while other times simply our own base desires. Having succumbed to the poison of sin, death would surely come.

Yet our Lord Jesus Christ continues to invite us to turn to Him. With open arms He waits to embrace us. For to gaze upon Him on the cross is to witness God’s immense love for us. He died to set us free from the heavy bonds of sin. To live new, fruitful lives in Him. Everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Amen

First reading

Numbers 21:4-9

If anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked up at the bronze serpent and lived

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.

Gospel

John 3:13-17
God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved

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.’

Song of the cross