In the Wizard of Oz, it's like the first half of the movie is not much more than building up expectations about the Wizard. When they finally do get there, there can be no doubt that they're seeing the Wizard. It's impressive. And intimidating.
Too bad none of it's real.
Sunday's Gospel (John) comes at the end of a series of miracles. All of them, including the one in Sunday's Gospel, show us who Jesus is. They are impressive. But not intimidating.
Because all of them are real.
More on this tomorrow.