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Post  SLSTUDIO on Mon 15 Sep 2008, 7:43 am

September 14, 2008
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy
Reading 1
Nm 21:4b-9
With their patience worn out by the journey,
the people complained against God and Moses,
"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,
where there is no food or water?
We are disgusted with this wretched food!"
In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,
which bit the people so that many of them died.
Then the people came to Moses and said,
"We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.
Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."
So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses,
"Make a saraph and mount it on a pole,
and if any who have been bitten look at it, they will live."
Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole,
and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent
looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+Responsorial Psalm
Ps 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
R. (see 7b) Do not forget the works of the Lord!
Hearken, my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable,
I will utter mysteries from of old.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
While he slew them they sought him
and inquired after God again,
Remembering that God was their rock
and the Most High God, their redeemer.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
But they flattered him with their mouths
and lied to him with their tongues,
Though their hearts were not steadfast toward him,
nor were they faithful to his covenant.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
But he, being merciful, forgave their sin
and destroyed them not;
Often he turned back his anger
and let none of his wrath be roused.
R. Do not forget the works of the Lord!
*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+*+Reading II
Phil 2:6-11
Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
----------------------------------------------------------Gospel
Jn 3:13-17
Jesus said to Nicodemus:
"No one has gone up to heaven
except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man.
And 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."
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
______________________________________The cross is our symbol of
salvation
We all have a personal cross to carry on our journey to redemption
September 14, 2008 -- Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
By Bishop Robert Morneau
Questions for reflection:
1. What personal cross do you carry?
2. In what sense can the cross be understood only in the context of
God's work of creation and sanctification?
3. Why is the cross such a paradox?
The core of the feast of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is expressed
in the preface for today's Mass: "You decreed that man should be saved
through the wood of the cross. The tree of man's defeat became his tree
of victory; where life was lost, there life has been restored through
Christ our Lord."
Defeat and Victory! It was in the garden of Eden that the mystery of sin
broke into history. The tree of knowledge was not honored by Adam and
through his disobedience, sin rushed into the world. But another tree,
the one on Calvary, where Jesus embraced the divine plan of salvation
through obedience, victory was attained. But what a price it was:
complete self-giving, utter personal sacrifice.
St. Paul describes this obedience and the story of redemption in his
letter to the Philippians. Jesus emptied himself (kenosis), became like
us in all ways but sin, and became obedient to death, even to death on a
cross. That is why we hold the cross up so high: it is the symbol of
God's extravagant love and mercy. That is why the cross is so central to
the Christian imagination: it is by dying that we gain new life. This
paradox is a stumbling block to so many, indeed, sheer foolishness.
When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus, his message was one of salvation coming
through the mystery of love and sacrifice. God wills eternal life; God
wills that the life lost through sin be restored through grace.
During our Good Friday liturgy, one of the most moving parts is the
veneration of the cross. The young and the old, the rich and the poor,
the saint and the sinner, all come forward to touch or kiss the sacred
wood. Deep down we know that we are the recipients of redemption because
of the sacrifice of the cross. We have to kneel in adoration before such
a marvelous mystery and grace.
Jesus makes mention of Moses and his difficulties in the desert. Moses
is dealing with the sin of his people. Their sin: complaining! Lacking
food, water, and patience, they protest their journey out into the
desert. Moses uses a symbol that became for the people a sign of
salvation, a bronze serpent.
For us, our symbol of salvation is the cross. As our responsorial
refrain states: "Do not forget the work of the Lord!" That is why,
Sunday after Sunday, we gather for the Eucharist to remember and
celebrate our creation, our redemption through the blood of the cross,
and our sanctification in the Holy Spirit. To understand the mystery of
the cross, we must see it in the light of creation and sanctification.
In Genesis, God saw the world of divine creation was good, very good.
Then we hear of sin and the need for redemption. All of this in the
context of the Spirit who hovers over us to lead us to the obedience of
faith.
Lest all this seems abstract, Romano Guardini reminds us: "Ever since
Christ walked the way of the cross, it stands firmly planted on every
Christian's road, for every follower of Christ has his own personal
cross."
(Bishop Morneau is the auxiliary bishop of the Green Bay Diocese and
pastor of Resurrection Parish in Allouez.)
Shalom:
Ed
If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these
peoples; even though some of them still look down on me." ( Quote from
St. Patrick )
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