Daily Gospel reflections: God ‘cares about our pain’

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

"Jesus Healing the Son of an Officer," by Joseph-Marie Vien, 1752. Photo: Public Domain

See, I am creating new heavens and a new earth. (Isaiah 65:17)

It would be nice if the most important questions in life had clearer answers than they do. Why are we here? Why do we suffer? What has God to do with it all? Why doesn’t Christ heal all those in need? If God can create a “new earth” in which we forget our pain and everyone lives a long, full life, what is God waiting for?

We all ask questions like these. I believe that there is nothing God cannot do. Yet there are many things, obviously, God does not do. We don’t know why. But I think it means something that God seems to know where our greatest pain and suffering lie: in sickness, in death, in isolation. When Jesus lived on this earth, his actions reached out, included, healed, brought forth new life.

Surely this is a glimpse of God’s new earth. Surely it means that God understands and cares about our pain, that God is good, that God hears and loves us.

Lord, in the face of my own life’s pain, help my unbelief!

— Karla Manternach


Isaiah 65:17-21

Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12A, 13B

John 4:43-54

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