The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

By | September 16, 2019

(relaxing music) – [Narrator] Today’s first reading speaks to us of the people’s
journey through the desert. This reminds us of the church as she makes her way across the desert
of the contemporary world. At a certain point, the people
became impatient on the way. They’re tired. Water supplies are low, and all
they have for food is manna, which although plentiful and sent by God, seems far too meager in a time of crisis. And so they complain
and protest against God. During such moments of disorientation the poisonous serpents
come and bite the people, and many die. What is the meaning of this symbol? God does not destroy the serpents but rather offers an antidote, by means of the bronze
serpent fashioned by Moses. God transmits His healing
strength, His mercy, which is more potent than
the tempter’s poison. As we have heard in the gospel, Jesus identifies Himself with this symbol. Out of love the Father has
given His only begotten Son. So that men and women
might have eternal life. The path is not always a smooth
one, free of disagreements, otherwise it would not be human. It is a demanding journey,
at times difficult, and at times turbulent. But such is life. This is a symbol of life, real life. A love which finds it’s proof
and guarantee in the cross.

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