When the two days were over, he went from that place to Galilee (for Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in the prophet’s own country). When he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the festival; for they too had gone to the festival. Then he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had changed the water into wine.
Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my little boy dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.
As he was going down, his slaves met him and told him that his child was alive. So he asked them the hour when he began to recover, and they said to him, “Yesterday at one in the afternoon the fever left him.” The father realized that this was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” So he himself believed, along with his whole household. Now this was the second sign that Jesus did after coming from Judea to Galilee.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
A desperate father seeks the Lord’s healing for his son. I treasure this story of mercy and hope. Jesus’ response—“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”— is a teaching moment. But the man persists, pleading. Jesus in his compassion shows us his love in action not words. He pauses the lecture, saves the boy, and so too gives the gift of salvation to his whole household. A beautiful miracle.
Jesus gives me permission here to sometimes plead in prayer, and also teaches me that love and compassion are the most important gifts I can give. He is showing me how to give generously. And still he provides signs and wonders. Some days I see them, some days I don’t. But I know they are all around us.
Take a few minutes and ask Jesus to show you who needs your love today.
—Erin Maiorca serves as associate director of Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, Barrington, IL.
Saints Perpetua and Felicity, watch over all mothers and children who are separated from each other because of war or persecution. Show a special care to mothers who are imprisoned and guide them to follow your example of faith and courage. Amen
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