14 Sep 2007
For 14 September 2007, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, based on Numbers 21:4-9
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, â€œWhy have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.â€ Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, â€œWe have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.â€ So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, â€œMake a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.â€ So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.