Friday 31 March 2017
Fri 31st. St Guy of Pomposa. Ws 2:1a,12-22; Jn 7:1-2,10,25-30.
‘Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Isn’t this the man they want to kill?”’ John 7:25
Oscar Wilde, when he first went to Oxford as a student, was asked to read and translate a chapter of the New Testament in Greek. He started out on a Gospel, and the tutor soon went to take the book off him, saying “Thank you Mr Wilde, very good’. To which Mr Wilde replied: ‘This is most interesting, I want to see how it ends.’ Seriously though, imagine reading the Gospel of John for the first time, with this tension of impending murder continuing to build.
Violent death is everywhere in my world. It is so extensive that I can only see it as evil, so a small-hearted god who has no sense of evil and death will be little use to me. On the other hand, a loving God who enters my world, who embraces my suffering, fully knowing the cost, is my hope for salvation. Jesus, I believe you are with me in my suffering. Help me see the power of divine love over human grief.