Monday 1 April 2019

About Today Readings

Isaiah 65:17-21. Psalm 29(30):2, 4-6, 11-13. John 4:43-54.

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me – Psalm 29(30):2, 4-6, 11-13. 

‘Go. Your son will live.’

In the first reading, Isaiah is trying to lift the spirits of his people. After long years of captivity in Babylon, they had returned home to Jerusalem with high hopes of a new start, only to find their dreams dashed by the harsh realities of life. ‘Put your trust in God’, Isaiah tells them. ‘God alone can satisfy your yearnings for joy, gladness, peace.’

The gospel has the same theme. The dreams of the royal official for his young son looked like being dashed by the boy’s impending death. It was 30 kilometres from his home in Capernaum to Cana where Jesus was staying. The official made the desperate journey, disregarding what people might think or say. He trusted in Jesus – and his faith was rewarded. Not only was the boy cured, but the father ‘believed, along with his whole household’.

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