MONDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT APRIL 1, 2019


Mass Readings:

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

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. 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. 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. 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. Jesus said to him, "Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe." The royal official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus said to him, "You may go; your son will live." The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, "The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon." 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. Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.

REFLECTION: "You may go; your son will live."

“Code blue !! We are losing this one....hurry up call the code blue team.” In many a code blue it is the doctors trying to fix nature but many prayers are also being said during the code for God’s intervention .

Our Heavenly Father created us out of love. He knows where He put all the parts—dreams, gifts and virtues. He is always with us. It was normal for Jesus to spend all night in intimate conversation with His Father. It is likewise very normal for Him to spend intimate hours with us —to be “on call “ for us when we need healing or just being with us as we connect and converse with Him.

Remember our first love? Remember losing track of time and realizing we were not tired of being with each other ? We hated to leave or end our time together.

This is the intimacy God wants with us. Our waking hours should be in constant awareness of His presence. Our darkest hours should be in constant attention that our healer, our fixer, our own private physician is abiding in us. No ill can befall us or mess up our lives as our Creator knows us in and out.

“Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:40) Our physician told us this at Gethsemane.

Be vigilant and pray, don’t forget to pray . Be vigilant or your spiritual life will languish. Persevere and don’t vacillate. These are some of the prescriptions given to us by God to continue on our pilgrimage.

Don’t we hear from our doctors the do's and don’ts for a healthier life? We should heed our Father’s words—His advice is even better as it is for an eternity with Him.

We pray that our priests will bring the ultimate healer, Jesus Christ, to every soul. May they spend many hours conversing with our Lord and living in His love.


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