Journey to Daily Prayer – Day 27
Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent
“Marching to the Crucifixion”
“Behold I create new heavens and a new earth!” (Is 65:17). What a wonderful passage describing the resurrection of all creation! However, this passage although written several centuries before today’s John’s reading, prophesies a time much after Jesus’—and our—earthly lives. In other words, to get to the “new heavens and the new earth,” we must first go through the life of Jesus. And especially this Lent, the death of Jesus. Which brings us to today’s John reading. John’s gospel is full of intentional theological details. Notice that Jesus departs to Galilee after two days, thereby arriving on the third day (Jn 4:43-46). And where does he arrive? At Cana! The same place where he turned water into wine (Jn 2:1-12). And while Jesus’ wedding miracle at Cana was his first sign that proved his divine identity, today’s reading is his second sign that proves his divine identity (Jn 4:54)—the raising from death of a son, on the third day. It’s a prophetic prequel to Jesus’ own authority over life and death, and his resurrection from the dead on the third day. And just like the boy’s father believed in Jesus (Jn 4:53), we too are invited to believe Jesus and have life in his name (Jn 20:31). As we march towards Holy Week, every weekday will take us through John’s Gospel, through Jesus’ life before his crucifixion. And the question we will have to wrestle with is this: do we desire to trust Christ wholly and have life in his name?
O Lord our God, who in thy holy Sacraments hast given us a foretaste of the good things of thy kingdom: Direct us, we beseech thee, in the way that leadeth unto eternal life, that we may come to appear before thee in that place of light where thou dost dwell for ever with thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.