Wednesday, March 3, 2021
By Sara Fletcher Harding
Passage: John 3:16-19
As I consider these verses in John, I am left in awe of the great mystery, power and love of the Word of God become flesh and the days of Lent ahead that lead Jesus to the cross and leave us to hope in the resurrection. Hear these words from Catherine of Siena (1347-1380).
“And you, high eternal Trinity, acted as if you were drunk with love, infatuated with your creature.
When you say that this tree could bear no fruit but the fruit of death because it was cut off from you who are life,
You came to its rescue with the same love with which you had created it:
You engrafted your divinity into the dead tree of our humanity.
O sweet tender engrafting!
You, sweetness itself, stooped to join yourself with our bitterness.
You, splendor, joined yourself with darkness;
You, wisdom, with foolishness;
You, life with death;
You, the infinite with us who are finite.
What drove you to this to give back life to the creature of yours that had so insulted you?
Only love, as I have said, and so by this engrafting, death is destroyed.”
Prayer: Holy God of Incarnation, Crucifixion, and Resurrection, I bring my entire being before you that with my mind, my body, and my heart I might believe. Amen