Journey to Daily Prayer – Day 29
Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent
Today’s John reading picks up where yesterday’s John’s reading left off. Here Jesus defends himself to the Jewish authorities trying to kill him for healing on the Sabbath. But before we reflect on this passage, let’s meditate on today’s Isaiah reading. “Say to the prisoners, ‘Come forth,’ and to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear,’” (Is 49:9). Notice that “come forth” and “appear” are commands. So what? You see dead people cannot drum up energy from within themselves to make themselves alive! They’re dead. Rather, we need the Lord to command our dead souls “come forth!” So, when Jesus defends himself to his opponents, his main point is that because he is one with the Father and he is God, he has the authority and power not only to heal on the Sabbath, but ultimately to command us to be raised from death (Jn 5:25-27). When we hear his voice we will “come forth” out of our tombs (Jn 5:29). As sure as an immovable mountain, so certain are these words of promise for us. Do you feel stuck in sin? Do you feel discouraged or sorrowful? Do you fear the future or feel anxious about the past? Do you feel alone and helpless, forsaken, or forgotten? God has not forgotten you! “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?” (Is 49:15). Rather, hear Christ’s words: “Come forth!” And enter into the land of resurrection and new life!
O Lord our God, who didst sustain thine ancient people in the wilderness with bread from heaven: Feed now thy pilgrim flock with the food that endureth unto everlasting life; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.