Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
(Isaiah 49:8-15; John 5:17-30)
The Jews in Babylon must have heard the promises that Isaiah makes in the first reading on behalf of God in the first reading as incredible. They probably asked themselves how could they escape from the mighty arms of their captors. They likely wondered as well how they could transverse the torrid desert that lay between them and their homeland.
Many hear Jesus’ claims in the gospel with similar questions in mind. “How,” they ask, “can people rise from the dead?” In an atmosphere where truth is determined by repeated experiment, rising from the dead is indeed beyond realistic possibility.