Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Numbers 21:4-9 & John 8:21-30
Whether writhing with sins of complaint and nostalgia like the Israelites, or dealing with a global pandemic of fear, death and disconnection named Covid-19 the results are the same in their timelessness: suffering and death. Suffering and death are always a feature of human life; it’s just that in our recent times of prosperity, we conveniently forgot about them, and have now forgotten God’s remedy. Now that we cannot ignore suffering and death that are much closer to home, and even within us as we struggle with ‘cabin fever’ or other overwhelming circumstances, it is time to get real and find the truth, the light and the love of the matter. Jesus, Son of God who became the Son of Man, came into the world and was willingly lifted up like a serpent on a pole to die for our sins. This is the remedy! Christ Jesus is our Redeemer, and is alone and forever our salvation. Suffering and death do not ever have the last word. Jesus crucified and raised from the dead always and forever holds out life, light and love to men, women and children, no matter how dark the times may be. When the serpents of sins and despair bite me, will I turn to Christ crucified for my salvation? Christ Jesus, help me turn and look to you to be saved.
For an excellent short homily by “Fr Steve” on these readings see today’s daily Mass from Word on Fire at:
The Lord looks on those who revere him, on those who hope in his love, to rescue their souls from death. (Psalm 33)
You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
St. Papul in Romans 13:11
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.