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March 23, 2020

Jn 4: 43-54

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival. Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. 

Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 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. 

As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

A quiet encounter with Jesus

Have you ever felt over-extended and put upon?  Deadlines at work, needy children at home, jumping in the car to run multiple errands, or opening the mail to one more form to fill out… Jesus seems to be a bit weary of those who had heard of his miracles and were, as realtors sometimes say, “Lookie-Loos”.  But here comes someone from the royal palace to beg him to return with him and save his little boy. Jesus does not want a scene, with a crowd following curiously to see the next “event”. Jesus simply speaks to the agonized father, and the official returns home to find his son healed, even as Jesus spoke to him.

Something happened in that quiet conversation, just between the two of them. A deep faith was kindled in the man by a few simple words of Jesus, by merely being in his presence.   And there were miraculous, though “uneventful”, consequences. How often, when we talk to God, do we take our “blueprints” with us? But when we remove these “things” from our wish list, and simply share our trust in God’s providence, we may suddenly hear and take to heart, “Go. I’ve got this.  It’s going to be okay.”

—Donna K. Becher, M.S.  is an associate spiritual director intern at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, Charleston, West Virginia.  Her training is rooted in the Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Prayer

O Christ Jesus,
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


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March 23, 2020

Jn 4: 43-54

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival. Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. 

Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 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. 

As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

A quiet encounter with Jesus

Have you ever felt over-extended and put upon?  Deadlines at work, needy children at home, jumping in the car to run multiple errands, or opening the mail to one more form to fill out… Jesus seems to be a bit weary of those who had heard of his miracles and were, as realtors sometimes say, “Lookie-Loos”.  But here comes someone from the royal palace to beg him to return with him and save his little boy. Jesus does not want a scene, with a crowd following curiously to see the next “event”. Jesus simply speaks to the agonized father, and the official returns home to find his son healed, even as Jesus spoke to him.

Something happened in that quiet conversation, just between the two of them. A deep faith was kindled in the man by a few simple words of Jesus, by merely being in his presence.   And there were miraculous, though “uneventful”, consequences. How often, when we talk to God, do we take our “blueprints” with us? But when we remove these “things” from our wish list, and simply share our trust in God’s providence, we may suddenly hear and take to heart, “Go. I’ve got this.  It’s going to be okay.”

—Donna K. Becher, M.S.  is an associate spiritual director intern at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, Charleston, West Virginia.  Her training is rooted in the Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Prayer

O Christ Jesus,
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness,
Give us the sense of Your Presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power,
So that nothing may frighten or worry us,
For, living close to You,
We shall see Your Hand,
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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