March 31, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

John 4:43-54

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.

Reflection (Sem. Julius de Gracia):

Remembering God’s Saving Works

     Our capacity to remember or remembering is indeed a gift from God. Taken into the context of our spiritual journey here on earth our giftedness of recollecting memories, thoughts and experiences no matter what it is, joyful, sorrowful and the like it brings us into the moment of that situation.

     Jesus in our gospel today performed the 2nd miracle or the sign of his power that He is indeed the God who heals and restores through the power of his word “Go, your son will live” (Jn. 4:50). He cures the royal’s official son even at a distance. That adds to the magnificence of this miraculous sign. The Father whose faith in Jesus is profound paved the way to the miracle to happen, anxious perhaps in going home without the physical presence of Jesus but carries in his heart and has believed in the words of Jesus ordering him to go home for his son is indeed healed. Lo, and behold it paid off. Thus the official remembered and asked his servants what hour the healing happened. The servants answered: “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live. And he himself believed and his household.” (Jn. 4:52-53) He remembers God’s saving work for him and for his son, hence I believe in his mind and heart was filled with gratitude, praise and worship of God as he remembers the assuring words of Jesus that healed his son.

      That is true to us too. Our memory and our capacity to remember is a gift from God wherein when we recall or remember the journey, the scenarios/situations and our state of helplessness before God and men but we are being delivered and is saved by God.

      Brothers and sisters in Christ let us remember the times when our guilt disturbs us because of sin, remember the liberation and peace of God forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Let us remember the many times when nobody seems to listen and believe in us, remember the Jesus who is lovingly waiting in the tabernacles and adoration chapels of our catholic churches. Remember the many times when we were down and all of sudden all has been taken care of by the angels of God for you.

     Our memory and capacity to remember is truly a gift from the Lord. May our remembrance of God’s work in our lives we may all the more believe, trust and hope to God which is made visible in Jesus Christ the Lord. Only in God we can find meaning and purpose in whatever situations of our lives. Amen.    

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