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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 14, 2014

 


 

  
 

BEING LIFTED UP

 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds Nicodemus how Moses had “lifted up the serpent in the desert.” Then Jesus says, “So must the Son of Man be lifted up, that all who believe may have eternal life in him.” The evangelist clearly saw this “lifting up” of Jesus to mean his crucifixion.

 

That “lifting up” of the serpent by Moses is described in today’s first reading. The people were attacked by “saraph serpents,” and many died. God had Moses make an image of the serpent and put it on a pole and lift it up. The people who had been bitten looked at it and recovered.

 

Jesus “emptied himself, taking the form of a slave.” Lifted up on the cross, he was despised and seemed the most abject of people. But it was in embracing this disgrace and painful death that he became the bearer of eternal life for all of us. His “lifting up” in shame was also his “lifting up” in glory and triumph.

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SER LEVANTADOS

 

En el Evangelio de hoy, Jesús le recuerda a Nicodemo cómo Moisés había “levantado la serpiente en el desierto”. Entonces dice Jesús, “así también es necesario que el Hijo del Hombre sea levantado en alto, para que todo aquel que crea tenga por él vida eterna”. El evangelista claramente da a entender que este “ser levantado” de Jesús se refiere a su crucifixión.

 

La serpiente que Moisés “levantó” está descrita en la primera lectura de hoy. El pueblo fue atacado por “serpientes de las llamadas ‘ardientes’”, y muchos murieron. Dios dijo a Moisés que hiciera una imagen de la serpiente y la pusiera en un palo y la levantara. Si alguno era mordido, miraba a la serpiente y se recuperaba.

 

Jesús se “despojó de sí mismo, tomando la forma de un esclavo”. Levantado en la cruz, fue escarnecido y parecía el más despreciable de todos. Pero fue abrazando esta deshonrosa y penosa muerte que llegó a ser el portador de la vida eterna para todos nosotros. Al ser “levantado” cubierto de vergüenza fue también “levantado” glorioso y triunfante.

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