Tuesday, April 8, 2014
O HAPPY FAULT, O NECESSARY SIN OF ADAM THAT GAINED FOR US SO GREAT A SAVIOR
For Tuesday of Passiontide, the Old Testament reading for the Mass is about the serpents who bit the Jews in the desert and some of them dying. Moses is directed by God to make a bronze serpent and mount it on a poll and when those who had been bitten looked at it, they will be healed.
Did the Jews of that period know that you could make a similar antidote for snake bites out of the very poison that can kill you? I doubt it. Yet a similar principle is at work in the bronze serpent fashioned by Moses at God's command.
And this is related to Jesus to whom we look to save us from our sins. He becomes sin for us and takes our sins unto Himself and His Body. "Go and find it there, in the wounds of the Lord and your sins will be healed, your wounds will be healed, your sins will be forgiven."
The following is very true! Can you guess who said it?
“Christianity is not a philosophical doctrine, it’s not a programme for life survival or education, or for peacemaking. These are consequences. Christianity is a person, a person raised on the Cross, a person who annihilated himself to save us, who became sin. Just as sin was raised up in the desert, here God who was made man and made sin for us was raised up. All our sins were there. You cannot understand Christianity without understanding this profound humiliation of the Son of God who humbled himself and became a servant unto death, even death on a cross, in order to serve us.”