John 5:19-29

We have reached another Wednesday in this Lenten season. Wednesdays are often commonly referred to by many as “hump day” as Wednesdays are regarded as the midpoint of a typical working week according to Oxford English Dictionaries. The Urban Dictionary states that Wednesday or Hump Day, is “The absolute BEST day of the week, the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive.”

While some may be thinking about getting through the week, there have been moments in our lives when we are simply giving all of our effort to making it through the day. The obligations, responsibilities, duties, vast commitments, and concerns about the future can often be overwhelming. We may not often admit it out loud, but the quiet truth is that we can sometimes find ourselves holding tight to fringes of our garments of hope or searching for our misplaced mustard seed of faith. In this passage Jesus speaks about death and life in a manner that amazed and most likely confused many that heard it then, and anyone that hears it today.

The Son, the Father, judgement, eternal life, the dead rising from the grave are all points that can leave us stunned. They are difficult to explain or understand how all this will be done. We have not been charged to explain how this will all be done but believe through faith that it will be done. I cannot not explain how God will do it. Through my faith, I know God will do it! On this “Wonderful Wednesday”, I still have hope, I still believe and I still have my faith that those who have done what is good will rise to live. Let’s do good today and everyday so that as we honor the Father, we will honor the Son.


O Lord Our God, you sustained your ancient people in the wilderness with bread from heaven: Feed now your pilgrim flock with the food that endures to everlasting life: through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr.

Canon Missioner and Minister of Equity & Inclusion