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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 1, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Numbers 21:4b-9
Psalm 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
Philippians 2:6-11
John 3:13-17

A reflection on today's Scripture:

The scriptures on today's Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, remind us of the price paid for the forgiveness of our sins.

The First Reading at today's Mass says that the patience of the Israelites was worn out by their journey in the desert and that they began to complain against God and Moses.

We too, can get worn out and our patience depleted by our own life journey; but we need to remember that unlike the Israelites, we already enjoy the fulfillment of the promised land manifested in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Our trials are not just our own, but those of Jesus who took upon Himself all the sin and suffering of the world. By availing ourselves of Him and the grace of His Cross, we receive the strength to bear our own trials.

Like the Israelites, we might get worn down at times and lose patience; but we have good reason to believe that we’ll receive all that is necessary to complete our life's sojourn. The victory of Christ’s Cross is our victory!

Let us not forget the works of the Lord (see Psalm 78:7) and that “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.” (see John 3:15-16)

- Donna Nelson, OCDS --
email: drn3rd(at)hughes(dot)net

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