Week of Sunday, March 11
Fourth Sunday in Lent
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The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today’s gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.
Readings and Psalm
The lifting up of the serpent
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
You deliver your people from their distress. (Ps. 107:19)
Saved by grace through faith for good works
The lifting up of the Son of Man