Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
4th Week of Lent
This was the second sign Jesus did. (John 4:54)
In the first chapters of John, Jesus performs two miraculous “signs” in the village of Cana. The first, of course, is his changing water into wine at a wedding celebration. The second is today’s story of Jesus healing a royal official’s son who was on the brink of death. Both stories end on a similar note: those who witness the sign put their faith in Jesus (John 2:11; 4:53). Whenever Jesus performs a miracle, it is an invitation to belief, an opening for deeper faith.
Think about the contrasting settings of these two stories. The wedding at Cana is a Luminous Mystery of love, joy, and new beginnings. A young couple is starting their life together. What a contrast to today’s sorrowful scene, where a young life is about to be cut short! If we put these two stories together, we can see how everyday life is a swing between luminous events and sorrowful ones. More important, we can see how Jesus wants to be close to us no matter what our situation is.
If you’re in a happy moment, don’t forget the One who has been so good to you. Thank him for all of your blessings. If you’re in a sad moment, try your best to put your faith in the Lord. Jesus told the royal official, “Go; your son will live” (John 4:50). Likewise, in these sad moments in our lives, Jesus tells us to “go”—to believe before seeing.
John’s Gospel is filled with many more “signs” than these two. Over and over, he tells us to pray for miracles so that our faith can deepen. He tells us to look at the signs of God’s presence that are already around us so that we can believe even more.
At the wedding in Cana, Mary was full of faith. She knew that Jesus would act to save the banquet. The royal official in today’s reading didn’t have as much faith as Mary did, but he had enough. We don’t need perfect faith to see God work miracles. We just need to go to Jesus and ask. Then, when we see the signs, our hearts will rejoice!
“Jesus, help me to deepen my faith in you—in good times and in bad times.”~WAU