So often we don’t recognize the salvation that God brings us – the salvation that is right there in front of our faces. This goes all the way back to the ancient Israelites, wandering in the desert, frightened to death that God would not feed them. When they began dying from the fruits of their despair, they finally decided to cry out to God who healed them by lifting up the seraph in the desert.
The same was true of the Jews of Jesus’ day. The religious leaders, especially the Pharisees, would not see that Jesus was the one God sent into the world to bring the world to salvation. It is only when Jesus is lifted up on the cross, that people began to see that he was the great I AM, the Messiah, the Son of God, the one sent to save us.
We can’t be blind like that. We have our salvation in front of us day in and day out. Christ on the Crucifix, the Eucharist lifted up before us. We know that our Redeemer lives, we know the source of our salvation. We know the way, the truth and the life.