Tuesday, September 13, 2011
FEAST, TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS
FEAST, TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS
WEDNESDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Nm 21:4-9 / PS 78: 1BC-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 / Phil 2:6-11 / Jn 3:13-17
From Mount Hor they set out by the Red Sea road to go around the land
of Edom. The people were discouraged by the journey and began to com
plain against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us out of Egypt to
die in the wilderness? There is neither bread nor water here and we
are disgusted with this tasteless manna." Yahweh then sent fiery
serpents against them. They bit the people and many of the Israelites
died. Then the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned,
speaking against Yahweh and against you. Plead with Yahweh to take the
serpents away." Moses pleaded for the people and Yahweh said to him,
"Make a fiery serpent and set it on a standard; whoever has been
bitten and then looks at it shall live." So Moses made a bronze
serpent and set it on a standard. Whenever a man was bitten, he looked
towards the bronze serpent and he lived.
Jesus said to Nicodemus, "No one has ever gone up to heaven except the
one who came from heaven, the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the
serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that
whoever believes in him may have eternal life. Yes, God so loved the
world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not
be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the
world to condemn the world; instead through him the world is to be
John talks about Jesus being God's solution to all our problems. Jaci
Velasquez's song "On My Knees" goes "... there's power when I get on
Often when things get tough, we rely on ourselves in solving problems,
as if manipulating everything through our own devices could give us
the desired outcome. Oftentimes, this is not true.
Most of us know that Jesus is the sign of God's love for us.
(John3:16) Knowing, however, is different from understanding the
verity of the words. We fail to see the relevance of this in our daily
lives. When God told Moses to make a bronze snake so people could get
healed (Numbers 21:8) i t was not a promise. It was a relevant
solution to the situation.
Think about this: Long before we were conceived, God had the foresight
to send us the solution to all problems. He sent us His son to save us
and not to judge us. (John 3:17) Salvation is not only for the
afterlife. It is relevant to us now. Next time you hit the wall or
when the day is getting long and hard, try getting down on your knees
and feel the love that heals, the love that saves and changes.
Ultimately, it is meant to completely transform us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
…In Thanksgiving: Andrew G.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Anna McAvoy. Eternal rest
grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Alexis Christian Erno V. Manzano
- Birthday: Kevin Patrick Syling
- Birthday: Vanessa Nañagas
- Wedding Anniversary: Francisco & Belinda Ong
- Wedding Anniversary: Estella & David Soon Eng Sin
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Yu Ampil
- In Memoriam (+): Santiago Gotao
- In Memoriam (+): Edison Co Yu (Mar 4, 1952 - Sep 14, 1993)+
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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