Sunday, March 15, 2015
MONDAY, 4th Week of Lent
March 16, 2015 MONDAY, 4th Week of Lent
Is 65:17-21 / Jn 4:43-54
Reading: Is 65:17-21
I now create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind again.
Be glad forever and rejoice in what I create; for I create Jerusalem to be a joy and its people to be a delight.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people. The sound of distress and the voice of weeping will not be heard in it any more.
You will no longer know of dead children or of adults who do not live out a lifetime. One who reaches a hundred years will have died a mere youth, but one who fails to reach a hundred will be considered accursed.
They will build houses and dwell in them; they will plant crops and eat their fruit.
Gospel Reading: Jn 4:46-54
When the two days were over, Jesus left for Galilee. Jesus himself said that no prophet is recognized in his own country. Yet the Galileans welcomed him when he arrived, because of all the things he had done in Jerusalem during the Festival and which they had seen. For they, too, had gone to the feast.
Jesus went back to Cana of Galilee where he had changed the water into wine. At Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill, and when he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and asked him to come and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
Jesus said, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe!" The official said, "Sir, come down before my child dies." And Jesus replied, "Go, your son is living."
The man had faith in the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. He was already going down the hilly road when his servants met him with this news, "Your son has recovered!" So he asked them at what hour the child had begun to recover and they said to him, "The fever left him yesterday in the afternoon about one o'clock." And the father realized that it was the time when Jesus told him, "Your son is living." And he became a believer, he and all his family.
Jesus performed this second miraculous sign when he returned from Judea to Galilee.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus said, "Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe." Jesus asks us to have faith in him. Faith is a gift of believing without asking for any visible signs. Once we use this gift of faith, we experience the grace of God's loving presence in our lives.
The royal official approached Jesus and begged him to cure his ailing son.
The mere words of Jesus to the royal official that "your son will live" was enough assurance that indeed his son will be healed. He did not need to physically bring Christ to his son. He fully trusted and truly believed in him, never doubting his healing power.
The faith of the royal official transcends status in life (imagine a royal official seeking a man of no social status) and of reasoning (the official never questioned Christ's power to heal). The faith of the official comes from his heart. It was sincere. It was real. He believed. It should be easier for us now to have faith in Christ because we "know" him. We live by his words. We have witnessed his saving power. Yet, some of us still refuse to allow Christ to work his wonders in our lives. Let us ask for God's grace to believe and to fully entrust our lives in his gentle loving hands. Only with him, shall we find true joy and peace.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
RHEA R. REYES
WILSON & ROSIE GOSINGO
IN MEMORIAM (+)
AIMEE SANTOS-OCAMPO (Birth Anniversary)
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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