Monday 27 March 2017
Mon 27th. St John of Egypt. Is 65:17-21; Jn 4:43-54.
‘”Sir … come down before my child dies.” “Go home,” said Jesus “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus had said and started on his way.’ John 4:49-50
Here is a man whose son is dying. He is a non-believer and a royal official, but he is also a grieving father. In his despair he has no shame. He pleads with Jesus and he asks for life. Jesus shows himself to be the master of death and the child is healed. This is another sign of the power of God at work in Jesus. In all these scenes in the Gospel of John I am meant to get the message that Jesus truly is life and light. But Lord, in my life, my grieving continues. I pray for your healing now. Come and heal us, I pray. In my heart I fear nothing will happen, but something does happen. I slowly learn to put my life and the life of my beloved in your hands – like the royal official. Take, Lord, and receive all that I am and have. All I ask is your love and your grace.