The Royal Official's Request for a Miracle
Monday of the Fourth week of Lent
Like the royal official, I want to help my family to have a deeper faith. I will bring up a spiritual topic at family dinner and try to encourage a more faith-filled perspective.
by Fr Steven Reilly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
John 4: 43-54
Father, I come before you with faith, hope and
love. I will give my best effort to be attentive to your grace and inspiration during this time of
Lord, help me to have greater fortitude and
1. No Prophet Has Honor in His Native Place:
Pay careful attention to
how St. John the Evangelist introduced this saying of Jesus. At that time Jesus left Samaria for
Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. If Jesus knew
there were no honors awaiting him in Galilee, why not go somewhere where the reception would be
better? Jesus is trying to give us an example: he is not interested in "honor", but rather in
carrying out the mission. He is the Prophet par excellence. He himself is the message the Father has
for humanity, and personal considerations will not keep him from his appointed task. We must be
committed in our own personal mission, whether or not we can expect to be honored, or even
appreciated. Our purity of intention is a good thermometer for following Christ.
Jesus does the miracle, but not without reminding everyone that true faith
cannot simply be based on "signs and wonders." Why is this? Perhaps what Jesus is criticizing is the
jaded religious outlook that can experience the presence of the divine only in the spectacular,
while failing to perceive it in the quiet and small ways that God makes his presence known. With
deeper faith, we can see God all around us. That beautiful sunset – isn't it a masterpiece of God's
creative power on display? The unexpected apology – wasn't that the working of grace? That helping
hand stretched out to us just when we needed it – wasn't that Christ in our midst? The person whose
faith doesn't need signs and wonders is precisely the person who sees so many more signs and wonders
– the everyday, loving presence of the Lord.
3. "He and His Whole Household Came to
No grace given is strictly personal, just between me and Jesus. Everything is meant
to radiate beyond the individual to build up the entire body of Christ. The royal official received
the miracle he requested, but afterwards it wasn't simply a return to business as usual, now that
his son was back in action. Indeed, the healing was the occasion for something far bigger: His whole
household came to believe. This grace has borne abundant fruit. At the outset, our Lord had remarked
about the lack of honor given to the native son-prophet. This entire family and household coming to
faith is the confirmation that sacrificing honor is more than compensated by saving souls.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, what joy this family's conversion must
have given to
your heart! Their faith was a marvelous sign of the efficacy of
your grace. Help me to have greater faith, to see you present in
the small and
big things of life, and to draw others closer to you.
royal official, I want to help my family to have a deeper faith. I will bring up a spiritual topic
at family dinner and try to encourage a more faith-filled perspective.
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