Monday 15 March 2021

The journey of faith


Now there was a court official there whose son was ill at Capernaum and, hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son as he was at the point of death. Jesus said, ‘So you will not believe unless you see signs and portents!’ ‘Sir,’ answered the official ‘come down before my child dies.’ ‘Go home,’ said Jesus ‘your son will live.’ The man believed what Jesus had said and started on his way; and while he was still on the journey back his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive. He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. ‘The fever left him yesterday’ they said ‘at the seventh hour.’ The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, ‘Your son will live’; and he and all his household believed.’

From JOHN 4: 43 – 54


He goes out of his way, this distressed and anxious father, leaves his sick and dying son to seek the one about whom he had heard so much. It seems to be his only hope. And so he begs Jesus to go home with him. Jesus is going nowhere but he is moved.

He is moved by this man and his faith, by his fragile state, and his need for his son to live. The father returns home after being told by Jesus that his son will live. He believes. And, in the end, so does his whole household. His servants meet him on his return journey with the news.

For us, reading about this incident, we may think how instant and sudden the whole healing is. And yet this is far from true. Who knows how long the father had been watching his son get sick and sicker. Tried everything that was available to them. Struggles with the sadness. He hears that Jesus is nearby and goes out of his way to see him, to plead with him. And then there is the journey home, his mind alive with possibilities. His son is healed and now the journey begins, the journey of faith, moved as they all are by Jesus. The father’s son is healed, and their lives can never be the same again.


Lord God, help us to know that you are always near, never far away. May the healing love of Jesus move our hearts, transform our lives. Amen.

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