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 sense of desperation, like that of the royal official and his critically ill son, can inspire bold action. Not only did the official dare to approach Jesus, he chose to believe even more deeply by surrendering his desires and obeying Jesus’ words, “You may go; your son will live.” What an inspiration for times when we are tempted to doubt God’s unwavering care for us!
Trust is foundational for every relationship, including our relationship with God. Fundamentally, trust involves a choice and our actions reflect our deepest convictions. God’s strong desire for relationship with each of us encourages deeper trust in him by providing countless opportunities to choose: do I believe in God, or in something/someone else?
Do I dare to deepen my relationship with God by being willing to entrust things that really matter to me – like my loved ones, my time, health, or reputation – to God’s care?
—Cindy Ristroph is a parish minister at St. Aloysius Parish in Baton Rouge, LA, and occasionally writes for the dotMagis blog.
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things. Amen.
—Unknown, often attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola
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