Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent (7th March, 2016) on the Gospel
Is 65:17-21;Ps 29:2.4-6.11-13 (R.v.2);
Topic: Believe the word.
Jesus returned to Galilee in today’s gospel after spending two days with the Samaritans, cf. Jn 4:39-40. They welcomed Him because they had seen all He did in Jerusalem during the festival. When a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum heard about Jesus, he came and begged Him to come down and heal his son. The gospel reads,
Then Jesus said to him, ‘Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.’ The official said to him, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.’ The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way (Jn 4:48-50).
While the official was still on his way he received the news that his son recovered the very moment Jesus told him that his son would live. The official and his whole family believed.
That question Jesus asked the official is very crucial today because it looks as if many today are waiting for signs and wonders to be convinced. Although many today would take Jesus to their house after telling them to go just to be sure but immediately Jesus told the official to go home he believed Him without hesitation.
We ought to accept and keep the word of God. It opens the door for God to come in and to dwell in us, cf. Jn 14:23. One needs faith to be able to do this, cf. Heb 11:6. Looking for signs and wonders could lead one farther away from God. One must be very careful of what he/she is after.
Bible Reading: Lk 18:1-8.
Thought for today: God’s word seeks our faith.
Let us pray: Our Father and Lord help us keep our faith in you to the end – Amen.
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