John 5.19-29; Song of Solomon 1.2

Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.  The Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing; and he will show him greater works than these, so that you will be astonished.  Indeed, just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.  The Father judges no one but has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.  Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.  "Very truly, I tell you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.  For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself; and he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man.  Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.

Reflection

Is there any better way to pray to God than to use the very words He Himself gave us in His Word to speak to him?  So we pray "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth," the soul to bridegroom prays (Song of Songs).  As Origin says, one meaning this has is once the soul passes the stage of receiving its dowry (reason, natural law and free will) and passes through endowment to receiving instruction from teachers, she ascends to the heights of receiving illumination directly from the Word of God himself.  So that is our prayer as we approach John 5.19-29.

"Very truly I tell you the hour...is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God...and live." (v 25)  Verse 21 reads "the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes."  Verse 26 says "For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself."  Given the context in which Christ states this it is clear that the life given to us is from their own life.  But whereas the life the Father gives is to the physically dead in order to raise them up to life again, verse 25 - "the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and live" - seems to refer at least in part to those who are alive physically but who are spiritually dead.  They will be given the great and inexplicably sweet and powerful grace of hearing Christ's voice - the Logos, that is they will hear the Word and come to life because of it.  The Word of God has the fullness of life in it, the same fullness of life which is in the Father and which raises the physically dead, and to those who hear are is given a share in its life.  "Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth."  The life is in the breath and the Word transmits his own life to us when he kisses us with his mouth, that is, illumines our mind directly with infused knowledge of himself bringing that which is dead in us to life.