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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Today’s Reading | John 4:46−54

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. (NRSV)


Reflection

“Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” Is Jesus’ statement to the royal official spoken as rebuff, encouragement, or simply observation? The father already had some belief when—out of compassion, perhaps desperation—he begged for Jesus to heal his son. And when Jesus tells him, “Go; your son will live,” he believes and obeys. Yet after his son is healed, the passage says, “he himself believed.” 

Perhaps it’s like my own journey. I go along with my day-to-day belief, sometimes taking God for granted. Now and then, especially when a challenge brings my limitations to the fore, I more urgently seek guidance or help from God. When God strengthens or calms me, opens a door, provides clarity, changes the situation, or gives me a “divine hunch,” more often than not I am amazed. Wow, God really does work in my life and in our world!

If we lived expectantly, trusting that God is always present and active, no doubt we would notice far more signs and wonders God performs every day. Such recognition requires that we pause and reflect in the midst of our busyness to discern how God is moving. Our faith should not be dependent upon such signs, but when they come, we need to give God thanks and glory.


Prayer

Loving Creator, open my eyes to see how you are purposefully bringing forth life in our world. Deepen my faith in you and my gratitude for your wondrous love. Amen.


Written by Victoria G. Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission


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