Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Feast Day
14 September 

The bronze serpent on a standard is a well-known symbol of the medical profession.

Its origins go back to the time when God halted the repentant Israelites in the wilderness through a bronze serpent that Moses fashioned and placed on a standard.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus applies this image to his own crucifixion.

By being lifted up on the cross He will bring healing and eternal life to all who believe in him.