Fourth Monday of Lent

Fourth Monday of LENT
March 23, 2020

WORD of the DAY

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. 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 he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. (John 4: 46-51)

How shall I live this Word?
The second sign performed by Jesus in the Gospel of John is the healing of the son of the king’s official. The harsh reproach addressed by Jesus to this official anxious about his son may seem disconcerting: “If you do not see signs and wonders, you do not believe.” Jesus does not respond to a single person, but using the plural (“if you don’t see … don’t believe”) he speaks to all those who can be reflected in this king’s official: maybe all of us who having a certain ‘power’, try to make God do what we have in mind or what we believe is most important, which is important to us. The dignitary does not understand the rebuke of Jesus and insists: “Lord, come down before my child dies!” His is not a prayer, but an imperative order: ‘Come down … intervene … heal.’ But faced with the expectancy of the prodigious event asked of Him, Jesus replies: “It is you who must come down” and your son will live.
In this invitation there is the heart of the problem. The dignitary asked Jesus to go down, but it is he who must ‘go down’ abandoning his pretensions and his haughty attitude: only a humble trust can rekindle life in him and around him.

Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Thine! Convert us O Lord, we are in Your hands.

The voice of Pope Francis Morning Meditation, St. Martha 16 March 2015

Faith means giving space to this love of God. it is making room for the power, the strength of God, to the power of one who loves me, who is in love with me and desires to rejoice with me. this is faith. This is believing…making space for the Lord so that He may come and change me.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA

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