Monday of the Fourth Week
Could our faith be less about how we feel, and more about what we do?
In today’s Gospel reading, the nobleman who travels to request healing from Jesus for his fever stricken, dying little boy was desperate. He had heard about the ministry and miracles performed by Christ, and hoped for healing for his precious son. “Miracle” literally translated means, “a sign that points to God.” Jesus responds, “Your son lives” and the nobleman “went on his way.” While this nobleman probably felt some uncertainty and doubt leaving, he later learns that his little boy’s fever “left him” at the exact hour that Jesus told him, “Your son lives.” This miracle points to a new beginning for the nobleman’s life. He now may believe not only what Jesus can do, but who Jesus is.
The prophet Isaiah and King David (likely author of Psalm 30), also point to new beginnings involving redemption, healing and God’s grace in today’s other readings.
Isaiah’s prophesy invites us into a vision of what life can be for God’s faithful people. That is, people who strive to choose love, life and light over fear, death and darkness. David’s song of praise for God in Psalm 30 reveals our ability to call for God’s help, and receive God’s grace, redemption and healing. In short, we are able to receive the miracle of transforming our “mourning to joyful dancing.”
During this Lenten season, will it take a miracle for you to pursue a new beginning?
Praise to you dear God for you have rescued us. Help our ability to make a new beginning of greater faithfulness to you.
Michael Samara, Former Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students, ‘77-’12
First Reading: Isaiah 65:17-21
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-12a, 13b
Gospel: John 4:43-54
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website