John 4:43-54 Reflection: The Healing of the Official’s Son

A reading from the gospel according to John 4:43-54:

43 At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee.
44 For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place.
45 When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.
46 Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death.
48 Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”
49 The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50 Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.
51 While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live.
52 He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.”
53 The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe.
54 Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.

Reflection: Faith works miracles.

Once again, the power of faith is demonstrated in our story about the healing the official’s son. The father knows whom to approach for divine help. He believed in the power of Jesus to heal. When Jesus told him that his son will live, he did not have any doubt. When his son was healed, the whole household believed.

The royal official is not only full of faith. He is also full of love. He loved his son very much. When his son got seriously sick with high fever, he took time off from work to seek healing for him. He is indeed a model father and a kind man as can be seen from the respect and obedience his whole household gives him.

Just as the father interceded for his son, the gospel reading above teaches us to make ourselves available to intercede or to give help to anyone in need. If we have faith as small as a mustard seed, our intercession will be granted.

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