Reading I: Numbers 21:4b-9
Responsorial: Psalms 78:1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
Gospel: John 3:13-17
The cross on which Jesus was lifted up has become the symbol of his victory over the power of evil. He made the instrument of humiliation, torture and death the symbol of our redemption.
Throughout the world, even in those places which are not Christian,the cross has become a symbol of the effort of a person to carry on regardless of what the world throws at them. By carrying our cross with a spirit of fortitude and offering our pains up to God with Jesus on the Cross, we participate in the redemptive act of Jesus. This is a great privilege for us, but in fairness when we are going through the pain, it is difficult to see the pain as a source of good for mankind. If we could learn to suffer as Jesus did-our suffering would bear great fruit.