Monday 4th Week of Lent : Healing From A Distance

Mass readings for today are here

A reflection on the gospel from here

John 4 : 43-54

At that time Jesus left Samaria for Galilee.
For Jesus himself testified
that a prophet has no honour in his native place.

When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him,
since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast;
for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee,
where he had made the water wine.

Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.

When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea,
he went to him and asked him to come down
and heal his son, who was near death.

 Healing of the officer's servant by James Tissot
Jesus said to him,
“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
The royal official said to him,
“Sir, come down before my child dies.”
Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.”

The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
While the man was on his way back,
his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.

He asked them when he began to recover.
They told him,
“The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.”

The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him,
“Your son will live,”
and he and his whole household came to believe.

Now this was the second sign Jesus did
when he came to Galilee from Judea.


"Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen". (Heb 11,1)

Love means to learn to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many. 

And whoever sees that way heals his heart,
Without knowing it, from various ills—
A bird and a tree say to him: Friend.

Then he wants to use himself and things
So that they stand in the glow of ripeness.
It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves:
Who serves best doesn’t always understand.”

Czeslaw Milosz, “Love”

Am I always looking for great signs and wonders to confirm that God exists? 

Or is the evidence of God already working quietly, behind the scenes and yet I don’t always believe it….


May the remaining weeks in this season of Lent give us all hope to celebrate the unseen signs and wonders that  only faith in God can give us.

May we rediscover a joy in our faith in Christ that becomes so great that our faith will overflow to those around us. 



Phil Ewing said...

I hesitate to think exclusively in either or terms here. I think as humans we tend do the first when we find ourselves in a crisis, when life is unfair and unjust and when we set ourselves up for comparison with others. I think there are real issues of dissension and in the church that also provoke a reaction and cry of complaint to God but I would like to think that we then pause and reflect and take stock that all our life is subject to God first and that's when the dialogue begins and things get really interesting. I don't have any answers here but it's a great question and one that is worthy of deep reflection. Many thanks and Blessings

Wordinthehand said...

Are we too quick to complain to God what is lacking in our lives instead of inviting God in to share it?