Daily Reflection for Wednesday March 17, 2021
Peace and blessing, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First reading: Isaiah 49:8-15
Responsorial: Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18
Gospel: John 5:17-30
Our reflection on Wednesday readings:
“Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” Isaiah 49:15.
This is a powerful and redemptive declaration. I have never been a mother, but I have been a single parent. Many years ago, my seven-month old son and I moved to Houston, Texas. It was a new place, with new people and certainly a new experience.
I distinctly remember one afternoon holding my infant son while standing in our tiny kitchen. His head was cuddled into my cheek. It was a sweet moment. Then, without notice, I had the clear realization that I would die for this child. Whether this was endorphins, the Holy Spirit, or both, I don't know.
What I do know is that this experience gives depth of meaning when I read these words from the prophet Isaiah. If I, flawed as I am, sinner that I am, could have this depth of love for another, how much more then, must the Lord, our creator and redeemer, love us. And Jesus did indeed die for us out of unimaginable redeeming love.
I remember many years later reading these words from Isaiah to a group of prisoners who were attending a weekend spiritual experience. These men felt abandoned, unworthy, and unloved. I saw new expressions on their faces as they heard these words and considered, perhaps for the first time ever, that they were lovable and redeemable.
The words of the prophet still have impact!
As we move closer to Easter, Jesus’ loving sacrifice brings us also closer to the transforming event of resurrection. Death itself is transformed and our lives find new meaning, joy and hope. Isaiah's words take on flesh as Christ's love for us is revealed through his promise that we shall be held in the eternal arms of his mercy.
Prayer: Jesus, open our eyes and hearts to the truth that your love for us overcomes fears of abandonment and even death. Send the Holy Spirit into each of our hearts that we may trust you fully. Amen