By Faith Miracles Happen

John 4: 43-54
Isa 65:17-21 / Psa 30

Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will not believe.
(John 4:48)

All it takes is for us to believe,
As doubting would be an obstacle;
What we ask from God we will receive
Faith paves the way to a miracle.

After the two days Jesus left for Galilee. (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.) When He arrived in Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him. They had seen all that He had done in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, for they also had been there. Once more He visited Cana in Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum. When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to Him and begged Him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.” Then the father realized that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he and all his household believed. This was the second miraculous sign that Jesus performed, having come from Judea to Galilee. (John 4: 43-54)

Reflection

It seems at first glance that Jesus was admonishing the royal official. This, however, was not the case. Our Lord was in fact drawing out the man’s faith in order to bring about the miraculous healing of his child. At the same time, Jesus was also pointing out the general attitude of the Jews in Galilee at that time, as when He had earlier said, “a prophet has no honor in his own country.” (Mk.6:4) Unlike the Samaritans and the Gentiles who were willing to take Him at His word as the Messiah, the Jews were still skeptical. They had kept asking for more proof through signs and miracles. Being omniscient, Jesus already knew the condition of their hearts, even as far back as their ancestors who came from Egypt. In the Book of Numbers, God said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?” (Num.14:11)

Faith that depends on miracles is shallow and superficial. It is what we might call an external kind of faith. The faith that God wants us to have is an internal one that is not influenced by what our senses perceive. True faith springs from the hunger of one’s heart to experience God’s love. It is the work of the Holy Spirit, stirring the longing of our soul, after it has been nourished by the Word of God. Yes, faith comes after hearing and reading the precious messages of the Father in Holy Scriptures. During this Lenten season, let us spend more time reading the Bible, that we may fully understand that God wants to heal our soul more than our physical ailments.

Thank You, Lord for making us see that it is not miracles that can change our hearts, but the truth of who You are, and why You came, as we read in Your Gospel. Amen.

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