Prerequisite for Miracle
Prerequisite for Miracle
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 he 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. (John 4:46-53 NABRE)
This is not unusual as many of the healing miracles of our Lord were performed at the request and intercession of family and friends. We can call this healing story a long-distance healing. The conversation between the royal official and our Lord happened in Cana, but the son, who was fatally ill, was lying in bed all the way in Capernaum. According to biblical scholars, to get to Cana from Capernaum, people at the time of the Lord had to travel on a road that stretched for 18 miles. Yet the distance did not keep the Lord from performing his healing. We are told that on his way home, the royal official was met by his servants who informed him that his son began to recover at approximately the same time Jesus assured him that his son would live. It works!!! What did Jesus see was a small seed of belief in the royal official’s heart and his wish was granted. Belief is a prerequisite for many of the miracles Jesus performed during his ministry. Do we have the faith like the royal official? Those of us who have experienced worrying about the condition of someone dear to us know very well how agonizing the wait can be. What do you do while you wait? Do you feel like your faith is being tested? Do you pray or turn to things that are not productive? There are two things our Lord teaches us today:
1) Distance does not keep the Lord away from us. (You don’t have to be present to win in the eye of God but you have to buy the ticket first.)
2) God’s way is not our way, sometimes it takes us a while to find out the fruit of our prayers. What we really need is faith and patient.
Lord “I do believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Please take some time this Lent to attend one of the following penance services where you encounter the power of God’s merciful love. We have two more opportunities.
March 13, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, St. Mary League City
March 15, Thursday, 7:00 pm, St. Helen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Monday, March 12 at 7:26AM