Wednesday 3 April 2019
Isaiah 49:8-15. Psalm 144(145):8-9, 13-14, 17-18. John 5:17-30.
The Lord is kind and merciful – Psalm 144(145):8-9, 13-14, 17-18.
‘I shall not forget you. I have engraved you on the palm of my hand.’
Isaiah’s prayer is for all of us, but I would love those heartfelt words to reach those who are struggling, whose lives seem devoid of hope and possibility – refugees and asylum seekers, those beset by natural disasters, the innocent victims of war and conflict.
In the gospel, Jesus shows himself to be the humble servant of God. ‘By myself I can do nothing.’ He defers to his Father who ‘goes on working, and I am working too’. They are partners. His enemies miss the point. They criticise Jesus for inflating himself. But if we open our heart to the words of Jesus, we see an intimate picture of a father-son relationship.
Jesus is the one who acts with the Father. May my communion with him inspire how I live my life.