Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

The Larger Picture

The biblical readings from Isaiah 40 to 55 (a rich section of prophecy, dating from the Babylonian exile) and from the gospel of John are rich with tenderness and power. Heaven and earth sing in celebrating the Lord’s carving through the mountains to bring his people home from afar. Almost in the same breath the prophet sees this mighty God as a mother full of tender love for the child in her womb.