15 March 2010
Today’s Readings: Is 65:17-21/Jn 4:43-54
The Galilean Jews give Jesus a warm welcome because they have seen what he did at the Passover in Jerusalem. Now they are willing to have him in their midst not because they acknowledge him as the Son of God but because they are interested in seeing more miracles.
A Gentile official wants his son cured before he believes. In Jesus’ view, the royal official exemplifies what is wrong with the Galilean. They will not believe unless they see signs and wonders. Jesus did not go with the man in his house but promises healing for his son. And the child is healed without the bodily presence of the Lord at his side. By this, Jesus teaches that one should first believe and then one will see.
God can hear even by his word alone. This should encourage all of us in our prayer life. God hears our requests. He can work out his purpose anywhere and anytime.
Loving Father, we believe that we can be healed by your own word alone. Hear our requests as we strengthen our trust and belief in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.