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John 4:43-54

The Word of God

When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honour 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.

John 4:43-54
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    • This prayer was made humbly and wholeheartedly. A man was praying that his little boy would not die. Jesus saw true faith in his prayer; the boy was healed through the faith of his father. We pray constantly, ‘Lord, I believe, strengthen my belief’.
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    • Jesus reproaches the people who are looking for something sensational. Yet the words of Jesus pack as mighty a punch as any action. The royal official hears the word of Jesus and believes it. Do I believe that the word of Jesus is enough to conquer death and lead to eternal life? I give thanks for the attention I pay to God’s word through Sacred Space.
    • This is the first recorded healing miracle of Jesus. Do I believe in miracles? Especially do I believe that Jesus is “the greatest miracle of the universe: he is all the love of God contained in a human heart and a human face” (Benedict XVI)?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus reproaches the people who are looking for something sensational. Yet the words of Jesus pack as mighty a punch as any action. The royal official hears the word of Jesus and believes it. Do I believe that the word of Jesus is enough to conquer death and lead to eternal life? I give thanks for the attention I pay to God’s word through Sacred Space.
    • This is the first recorded healing miracle of Jesus. Do I believe in miracles? Especially do I believe that Jesus is “the greatest miracle of the universe: he is all the love of God contained in a human heart and a human face” (Benedict XVI)?