March 20, 2018 – TUESDAY, 5th Week of Lent
Nm 21: 4- 9 / Jn 8: 21 - 30
FROM THE FIRST READING: Nm 21: 6- 8
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 looks at it shall live."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 8: 21 - 28
Again Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and though you look for me, you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come." The Jews wondered, "Why does he say that we can't come where he is going? Will he kill himself?"
But Jesus said, "You are from below and I am from above; you are of this world and I am not of this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. And you shall die in your sins unless you believe that I am He."
They asked him, "Who are you?" and Jesus said, "Just what I have told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the One who sent me is truthful and everything I learned from him I proclaim to the world."
They didn't understand that Jesus was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and I do nothing of myself but I say just what the Father taught me."
In the first reading God tells Moses to mount a bronze serpent so that those who looked at it were healed from deadly serpent bites.
In the Gospel reading we see Jesus in a dispute with the Jews. His listeners refused to listen to his message: they especially could not understand him when he talked about his Father in heaven. He warns them that those who persist in their sins will die and that, to be freed from sin, they must believe in him. Indeed sin and salvation are the story of our lives: we see both elements at play in our personal narratives. But it is our salvation that God desires the most: it is for our salvation that Christ came.
Jesus alludes to the bronze serpent in the desert which cured those bitten by the serpents sent by God to punish the Israelites for their lack of trust: "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He." Just as the Israelites were saved from the serpent bites by looking at the bronze serpent, we are saved by looking at and believing in the crucified Christ.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Chaelda M. del Carmen
Thelma N. Factoran
Ernest James Yu
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Yu Tiong (1927 - 2002)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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