Well, that miracle in itself is a great theme for reflection, since it increases our faith and gives us all great hope for eternal life. But let’s look the story from another direction. S you read the story you’ll notice that Jesus involves other people in his work. He tells them to “take the stone away”; “unbind him”; “let him go free.” These are not simple requests; they’re commands that call for immediate action.
Now let’s take this to the level, which is really what John wants. What are the “stones” that become a barrier between me and Jesus, or between someone else and Jesus? Is it a lifestyle or habit that needs to change, or an addiction that needs attention?
We often choose barriers which become obstacles to the life in the spirit that only Jesus can provide. What part do we play in “binding” others, thus preventing a loving relationship to occur? Perhaps we still hold grudges or grievances or resentments, and withhold forgiveness from another? We need to release those forms of anger, which bind both us and another. Jesus commands us to unbind those who are bound, and let them go. A helping hand, a loving word, a compassionate counselling can begin the process of “taking the stone away” from the life of one who needs to be set free.
Jesus links faith in the resurrection to his very own person. St. Augustine taught that this one point of our Christian faith encounters more opposition than any other. Change can be brought about in many ways, including gestures of reconciliation and loving fraternal correction – a great way to prepare for the joy of Easter.