Monday of the 4th Week of Lent
Second Sign at Cana
A story is told about a young boy who was trapped at the roof of their burning house. The smoke was so thick that he cannot see anything around him. He was crying, calling his father for help. Suddenly he heard his father’s voice asking him to jump. But the boy replied: “No dad, I can’t see you!” The father said: “Jump, I can see you my son. Jump, I’ll catch you.” “Dad, I’m afraid,” said the poor boy. “Don’t be afraid my son, trust me and you’ll be fine,” replied the father. Finally the son jumped, landed in his father’s arms and was saved.
The royal official who approaches Jesus is a Jew and probably in the service of Herod Antipas. His son is sick and asks Jesus to come to his place. But Jesus instructs him to go home because his son will live (v. 50). This is to put the official’s faith to the test if he accepts His words without proof. The official arrives the next day and finds his son lives. It is because he places his trust in Christ’s words. He has no proof but only the word of Jesus. And because of this his whole household becomes believers (v. 53). I invite you to reflect about our faith in Christ’s words:
First, let us have faith in Christ’s Words. Today’s gospel passage says: “The man believed what Jesus said to him and left,” (v. 50). Jesus cures the official’s son because he places his trust in His word. He believes in Jesus. He has no proof, only the word of Jesus. In prayer too, Christ offers us His word. We are called to trust in His words without proof and He assures us that He is with us. We know that Christ is faithful to His promises. And so therefore, it is through faith in Jesus Christ and believing in His word that we have the greatest of all gifts: life in eternal happiness. It is because Jesus says: “Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die,” (John 11:26).
Second, His Word makes us better persons. In the first moment perhaps the royal official gives little thought to Christ’s words, but afterwards the words would come back and touch his conscience. Christ’s word touches the royal official in such a way that His word gives Him courage and “his whole household came to believe.”
Unlike this story of a husband who always comes home late at night would always try to make up by greeting his wife: “How is the beautiful mother of my three wonderful children?” Somehow, he always got away with it.
One night when the husband greeted her with his usual line, the wife who was so annoyed with his style cheerfully greeted him: “And how are you, the father of one of my three children?” Puzzled and overpowered by the statement, the husband changed from that time on and always came home early. But their words break each one of them instead of making them better persons.
At the end, I would like to share with you this story from the book of Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD, Just a Moment. He said that he read somewhere that the average person speaks 30,000 words a day! And some maybe more! That is, there is always the temptation to talk too much, to keep reminding and to keep right on talking. Fr Orbos’ suggestion is this: If only you cut down 50 percent of what you usually and often unnecessarily say, you’ll have more peace and the people around you will have more peace. Try it. Cut down 50 percent and let God’s word fill the rest.