Lent Wk 4th: Monday,  Monday, 12th March,2018  (Jn 4:45-53)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Miracles - Faith: In today’s Gospel, Jesus cured the critically ill son the royal official who had faith in Jesus.  If our love for Jesus is deep, then it must be a personal love that drives the meaning and purpose in all our daily living, regardless of what challenges we are facing.  How true is this for us?

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

On Jesus’ arrival, the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended. He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine. And there was a royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum; hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son, as he was at the point of death. 

Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and portents you will not believe!’ ‘Sir,’ answered the official, ‘come down before my child dies.’ ‘Go home,’ said Jesus, ‘your son will live.’ The man believed what Jesus had said and went on his way home; and while he was still on the way his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive. 

He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. They replied, ‘The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.’ The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, ‘Your son will live’; and he and all his household believed.

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •When we endure hardship and pain, we often begin to question God, and our faith in Him wavers.  

  • •Indeed, there are also times when we begin to beg God persistently for His divine intervention, but at the back of our minds, we tend to “test and challenge God” to answer our prayers to proof that He loves and cares for us.

  • •We must realize that God is Divine and Infinitely Almighty and we are mere creatures.  Thus, we must learn to trust Him more fully.  When we are able to do this, we will be rewarded, and the impossible become possible.