Have Faith And Live – Good News for March 23

23 03 2009

You may go; your son will live…

John 4:43-54

At that time Jesus left Samaria for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death.

Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” 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.

While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.

The Daily Path: Time and again, Jesus teaches us the lesson of faith. Reading the Gospel on a daily basis has become a vital part of my journey. It’s the constant I can depend on to nourish my own faith. On some days I need several meals. It’s as though I were the father of the dying son who approached Jesus. I’m on my way home and the Gospel is the good news being delivered that my son has been healed. Through the Gospel, Christ is talking directly to me. Today and everyday the message is the same: “Have faith in me and you will live.”

Room to Chat: This has been a difficult Lent for me as it’s not played out the way I had hoped. I failed to reach my goal of faithfully spending more quality time with God each day. I don’t believe I’ve given enough of myself in the service of Our Lord.  

The good news is that I still have time to reach out and hold Him close. Is this not the time when Jesus needed His followers most? Have you made your own plans for Holy Week? Will you join me in quietly sitting with Him in the Garden of Gethsemane?

I will stay with you, Lord, for you have rescued me.



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