Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent, Mar 27, 2017
Jean Boone

 

Scripture for the Day

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus rebukes his followers, saying “Will none of you ever believe without seeing signs and portents?”  Like those followers, I, too, struggle to have faith in God’s promise of “new heavens and a new earth” where “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together” and “they shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain.”   I search for news headlines that suggest an easing of pain, hate, or injustice in the world; I want to see concrete actions every day that look like movement toward this beautiful new earth God envisions.  And when I don’t see them, I’m discouraged and despondent.  But the Psalmist reminds us that while “tears may linger at nightfall,” “joy comes in the morning.”  Jesus may have been annoyed by his followers’ lack of faith, yet he still healed the officer’s sick son -- and he did it from miles away, without a face-to-face encounter, a touch, or even an address!  God’s intention is to heal and to lift us up, and that intention is all that is needed to make it happen.  We just have to believe in God’s intention and be faithful carriers of that hope and vision in the world -- in this way God will turn our “laments into dancing.”

 

Last Published: March 15, 2017 1:00 PM