Holy Cross Day (transferred 17th September 2017)
First Reading Numbers 21:4b-9
As the people of Israel travelled further into the wilderness they
became impatient and spoke out about God and against Moses, "Why have you
brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and
no water, and we detest this miserable food." Then the LORD sent poisonous
serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites
died. The people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned by speaking
against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents
from us." So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses,
"Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is
bitten shall look at it and live." So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and
put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look
at the serpent of bronze and live.
Refrain: The Lord has made known his victory.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm
has he won for himself the victory. (R)
The LORD has made known his victory;
his righteousness has he openly shown in the sight of the nation.
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel,
and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. (R)
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the voice of song.(R)
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 1:18-24
The message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the
discerning I will thwart."
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater
of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in
the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided,
through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For
Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a
stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the
called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
The Holy Gospel John 3:13-17
Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one has ascended into heaven except the
one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the
serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever
believes in him may have eternal life.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world,
but in order that the world might be saved through him.”