Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: John 4:43-54
The healing of the royal official’s son, St. John tells us, is the second sign that Jesus performed at Cana. The first, of course, was the miracle at the wedding feast, where Jesus turned water into wine. Both of these miracles required lots of trust.
The servants at the wedding feast had to trust Jesus enough to take the jugs they filled with water to the steward who was expecting wine. As we know, their act of faith was rewarded as the steward declared,
“You have kept the good wine until now.” (Jn 2:10)
In today’s Gospel, the distraught father travels over a day’s journey to ask Jesus to cure his dying son. Hoping against hope, he begs Jesus to come with him to his home in Capernaum. At first, Jesus seems to deny his request. But the devoted father persists. Jesus puts the man to another test. He tells the man to go home, declaring that his son will live. The official turns around and, without Jesus in tow, heads home. Can you imagine just walking away?
Oh, what trust that is! Blindly, without fully knowing if it’s true, he does what Jesus tells him to do. This is the trust Jesus asks of us. We must persist in prayer, true. Pray without ceasing, as St. Paul says, but with a sense of surrender, knowing that God has already answered our prayers. The situation is under control because, ultimately, Jesus is in control. Trust in Him. Trust in His love for you.
With what is Jesus asking you to trust Him?
Lord Jesus, You are worthy of all my trust. Help me to surrender myself, my family, and all that is dear to me to You.
Copyright 2022 Kelly Guest
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Kelly Guest was blessed to be a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia for five years. There she received the many graces she draws upon today as a wife and mother of nine children. Wishing to share with other moms encouragement on our quest to become holy through motherhood, she blogs at Nun2Nine.com and CatholicMom.com. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram @nun2nine. Kelly's book, Saintly Moms: 25 Stories of Holiness, is due out October 1, 2021.