‘And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.’ ‘’And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it shall live.’
People are just passing by our Church without noticing it. They carry their thoughts and businesses inside. Perhaps, not much is missing to ‘look upon the church’. In the Book of Numbers it is serpents which cause harm. But it is also the figure of a serpent which is the antidote. What does it tell us? That the ‘church’, our mission should respond to what people carry inside, the facts of their lives. In return, they will recognise that the Christ we proclaim is their Christ.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..