March 27, 2017
Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
The Gospel Today
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. Lloyd Anthony G. Pagulayan)
Last 2016, our family was care-fronted with a serious battle of three cases of cancer amongst three successive generations of kins. We were devastated by the sad news that my grandmother, aunt and cousin had to undergo thru chemotherapy and a series of medical procedures with the hopes that they would be completely healed.
When Jesus ordered the father to head back home and witness the healing of his son, the father completely relied on God’s healing power and his unsinkable faith that indeed his son is healed.
Consoling my father, my cousin and my nephews and nieces on the condition of their loved ones would never be enough. However, the entire family could only trust on the miraculous healing of God for our dear ones.
When trials like physical and emotional afflictions beset us, may we ask God not to spare our lives from sufferings but to bless us with a resilient faith to carry and endure the cross He entrusted us with. Saint Mother Teresa said that suffering is nothing by itself, but pain shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift and God’s token of love for us. He is the cure we need to heal us completely.
In our family now at this difficult moment, love abounds, is endless and immense. In all these, may God be praised.