Weekend Reflections for 9/12/14
September 12, 2014
By Fr. Len Kraus, S.J.
"With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses..." The people whom God had chosen and was now leading were frustrated because they felt "stuck" in the wilderness. They did what we might tend to do when we are angry or resentful: blame someone else--let our anger come out "sideways." Moses is told to fashion and lift up to the people the bronze saraph serpent, the reminder of the consequences of their rebellion. It heals them.
In perhaps the most popularly known passage in the Gospel (John 3:17) we have the response from God to our rebellion and our condition: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life...that the world might be saved through him."
Christ, the beloved of God is lifted up to us as the One whose self-giving love and trust shows the way to true life. Displayed on the cross , he is the deep and everlasting sign of God's compassion and power. And all this is so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life!