FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 15, 2021
Fourth Monday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor 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. 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. (John 4:43-54)
How shall I live this Word?
The request is of a pagan official of the king. Shortly before in Samaria, Jesus had spoken with a Samaritan woman, a heretical person according to the Jews, to whom Jesus will reveal His condition as Messiah (Jn 4:26). And now in Galilee, He receives a pagan, an official of the King, who seeks help for His sick son. Jesus is not limited to race, nor to religion, nor to social background. He welcomes everyone. There is only one condition for miracles to happen: faith makes the real miracle happen! The official, without seeing therefore without witnessing the miracle being performed, “believed the word that Jesus had said to him.” It can’t have been easy. This is the true miracle of faith: believing without any other guarantee, except the Word of Jesus. To believe in His Word without seeing is to set out on the road. The official goes up to Cana: after the miracle ‘the man left’. This man without any external reassurance, without any external sign, without any certainty, trusts Jesus and sets off on his journey. Faith constantly asks us to leave certainties, to leave the idols that we have created for ourselves and to set out “At Your word I will cast the nets” (Lk 5:5). Towards where? We do not know: where He will show us! “Faith is not simply believing that God exists, this is too little. Faith is believing that He loves me. In this sense, the perception of history completely changes.” (Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco)
Lord Jesus, again today, I want to continue the journey, there where You want me. Jesus, I trust You!
The Voice of Pope Francis
Faith is a free gift from God who asks for humility and the courage to trust and entrust oneself, to see the luminous path of the encounter between God and us, the history of salvation.
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