Posted by: livingscripture | March 15, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day 

“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”   

 (John 3: 14-15)   

 

How should we live this Wordcristo san giovanni della croce[1]

The Lenten journey is half over and the Cross looms on the horizon of our exodus. “So must the Son of Man be lifted up”.  This is the Son who abased Himself in the mystery of the incarnation and now must be ‘hung’, raised, ascend.  It is the beginning of His return to the Father, but also the condition for believers to have life eternal in His Spirit, the life of the children of God.  Before that ‘need’ we cannot but kneel with our hearts moved to gratitude for the immense Love that God has for us!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will adore Jesus raised up on the Cross for love of me.

Lord, I remain in humble silence as I gaze upon You, “raised on the wood of the Cross”.

The Voice of St. Augustine

In the meantime, Brethren, to be healed of sin we must look toward Christ Crucified; just as Moses raised up the serpent in the desert, so too must the Son of Man be raised so that whoever believes in Him may not perish, but may have life eternal.  Just as those who looked upon that serpent did not die from snake bite, so too, all those who turn their gaze with faith on the death of Christ, will be healed from the bite of sin.

 

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