Posted by: livingscripture | March 31, 2014

Fourth Monday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“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.” John 4:48-49

 

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The act of faith that the Lord asks of the pagan royal official is truly great and moving. It is also very instructive for us, for our faith journey in this Lenten season. Perhaps he expected Jesus to say some solemn and authoritative word, or that He would perform an extraordinary gesture, or even go in person to work the miracle in his home. Instead, Jesus puts the man’s faith to the test by telling him to go home, because he would find his son healed. The royal official believed the Lord and left. Along the way, the miracle happened.
It is interesting to note that it is the one and only time in the Gospel that Jesus works a miracle from a distance, far from the person, thus showing how true faith is so strong and powerful that it abolishes distances.
We begin to be true disciples of Jesus only when we trust His Word completely, without pretending to have other special and prodigious signs to remove our doubt. We simply trust Him. The greatest miracle is that of listening to and putting into practice daily the Word spoken to us that indicates the journey of true faith.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my trust in Jesus’ Word and ask Him to increase it in me every day.

Jesus, You know I am weak and sometimes my faith falters. Help me to believe in You without hesitation.

The voice of Maxim Vate of Italy

In the Divine Comedy, after having confessed his faith before St. Peter, Dante Alighieri describes it as a fairy tale that ‘dilates into a vivacious flame and glows in me like a star in the sky’.

 


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