Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
We love our human superheroes. When I was a small boy, it was Superman, Batman, the Green Hornet, and the Fantastic Four. We like it when good triumphs over evil. We all dream of having super-human powers. I dreamed my superhuman powers were that I could fly. I always thought the reason I had this superpower was because of my last name. As, I think about it now, I believe that God knew there would be a day that I would wear a gown that all I had to do was spread my arms out and I could take off and fly. Our Readings today bring us to remember that we are given superhuman powers each time we celebrate the Eucharist.
The prophet Isaiah speaks to a people who are still being held captive in Babylon. Isaiah wants them to remember that God has not forgotten them as he says, “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for her child in her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you?” What a beautiful image, one in which I hope to meditate on all day long. The image of never being forgotten should give us superhuman powers.
In our Gospel, Jesus describes himself as a follower of God the Father: like his Father, like the child, they are one of the same. Jesus is saying he does nothing on his own, the Father and he remembers everything, and greater things are yet to come. Jesus and God are the Dynamic Duos! When you add the Holy Spirit, they become something even greater.
We gather to remember our superhuman powers given to us to remember all that God has done for us and will do for us. The superhuman powers we are given are to love, to forgive, to be patient and to give God glory. May we know and believe that we have all of the power of the world and heaven on our side.