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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 14, A.D. 2002

Numbers 21:4-9
Psalm 78:1-2,34-38
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings chosen for this very special feastday definitely build off one another and reach a very significant climax.

In the first reading, we hear of the anger and frustration of the people living in the wilderness. They speak out against God, but Moses subsequently intervenes for them with prayer. It is then that we hear of the bronze serpent set up by Moses at the direction of God as a sign of healing. (This sign is still used, centuries later, by those in the healing professions.)

The reading from Philippians places emphasis on OBEDIENCE and SERVITUDE. Christ, though Son of the Father, became obedient, even unto the horrendous death on the Cross.

Faithful friend of Jesus, St. John the Apostle, brings the readings to fruition in reminding us of the reason Christ did this for us. Yes, He wanted us to experience salvation, but He suffered and died because of His great love for the world and for each of us personally! It is easy to think in general about salvation. We need to pause and reflect often that Christ died for EACH OF US! For you. An appropriate time to reflect on this is each time we make the "Sign of the Cross." It is a very special prayer!

- Joan of Jesus, ocds (jmurphy@utica.edu)

For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


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