There is for many people a fear of snakes. Some suggest this is why the cunning tempter depicted in Genesis is a serpent. Today there are seraph serpents that bite the people and cause death. But this second story about the rebellion of the people ends differently. Rather than resulting on condemnation for all, God uses the seraph serpent as a sign that ultimately things are different. It is not the snake that condemns; it is the God who saves. There is now a new pathway to salvation made clear. The Son of Man will be lifted up. And we can be saved.
Homily given on April 9, 2019 at Christian Brothers College High School in Town and Country, Missouri.