Scripture: 1st Reading: Is65,17-21; Resp. Psalm: Ps30,2,4-6,11-13; Gosp. Accl.: Amos5,4; Gospel: Jn4,43-54
Yahweh God decides to visit His people and redeem them. Yahweh saw the afflictions and distress of His people and decided to intervene to give them respite.
That respite is encapsulated in a newness, wholeness, recovered and re-discovered integrity, gladness and joy that the people would experience once again. The destiny of the people would be taken back to the beginning of their creation, when they lost primal innocence. They would experience a new sense of being once again.
Yahweh promised today new heavens, new earth; re-creation, re-fashioning, re-modelling. In this new era, old things shall pass away. There shall be rejoicing again; sadness will be taken away. Weeping or cry of distress will be a thing of the past.
In this new reality, dying young would be considered a disaster. The people would be established in their own land and eat of the fruits and produce of the land. They would build their own houses and live in them. They would enjoy a new peace and prosperity that the hands of Yahweh their God would do for them.
A new heavens, a new earth. The fulfillment of that prophecy came when the Son of God came to this sinful world. In today's gospel, an official in Capernaum asked our Lord to heal his sick son. Without going to the official's house, just with the words "Go; your son will live", our Lord renewed and gave new life to the son of the official.
The requirement for this new thing to happen was faith on the part of the official. This man believed in the power of our Lord. He hung unto His words. HR got home and when he asked at what hour his son regained his health, it was at the exact time our Lord told him that his son would live.
Lent is about God who wants to do new things, bring about re-creation, renewal and rebirth. Lent is about our God who wants something different for our lives. Lent is about the second chance God offers us to return and have a new life. Let us turn to Him today. Let us believe in His power to do new things with our lives.
Let us pray: "O God, who renew the world through mysteries beyond all telling, grant, we pray, that your Church may be guided by your eternal design and not be deprived of your help in this present age." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.