Fourth Sunday in Lent - Year B

Numbers 21:4-9  •  Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22  •  Ephesians 2:1-10  •  John 3:14-21

I apologize I have not had time to write a full lectionary reflection
this week.

The story that comes from Numbers is one of my favorites. The people
disobey, God sends serpents to bite and kill them, they repent, and
God tells Moses to make a bronze serpent on top of a stick for the
people to look at for their salvation from the snakes.

Looking at the bronze serpent on the pole did not prevent people from
being bitten, it prevented them from dying once they were bitten. Once
the person was wounded, then she or he would look at the bronze
serpent and be healed.


Jesus echoes this in the passage from John.

Now there are many many things we could talk about here, but here is
my favorite to ponder: what if looking at the thing that is killing
you is your only way to salvation? What if the way to overcome a wound
is by turning and facing it fully? What if the thing that is killing
us is the thing that also might bring us in to the light?

God, we desire healing.
We do not want to live in pain.
We naturally try to hide
from the things that
cause us pain and discomfort.
We do not want to examine
our wounds or where they
came from.
Give us the courage
to look in the places we
need to look and
to shine light
in the places
that no longer
need to hide
in darkness.

© matt norvell 2012 www.settingourstones.org we want to share
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