Monday 12 March 2018

About Today Readings

Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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 home, your son will live. 

It is an unlikely meeting. Facing ridicule from his friends and colleagues, a desperate royal official (probably from Herod’s court), travels 30 kilometres to Cana to beg Jesus to come immediately to Capernaum to heal his dying son. His faith in the Galilean carpenter is sorely tested when the only assurance he receives from Jesus is that, on his return, he will find the boy fully recovered.

Confronted with this sign (John’s preferred word for miracle), the official enters more fully into the mystery revealed in Jesus. Like the Samaritan woman and her townspeople we met earlier in this chapter, he and his whole household become Jesus’ disciples. ‘Lord, make me strong in faith, persevering in hope and constant in love.’

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