Reflection on John 4:43-54 ~
As believers, we can be the royal official, knowing that Christ can bring life to either side of death. Among the signs are that the lives saved are yours and mine in rebirth. I am sure you have seen His breath melt human anguish away again and again. We can also reflect Christ’s light inside as a smile outward into the hit and miss of the world. Faith’s visits fill us with Christ’s love and peace to reveal the wonder of Heaven before leaving home.
The Healing of the Officers Son, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 4 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus Returns to Galilee
43 When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee 44 (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). 45 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.
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
46 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. 47 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. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” 49 The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way. 51 As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. 52 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.” 53 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. 54 Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 4:5-42.