Dear friends in Christ, in today’s gospel from John 4.43-54, we hear that Jesus was back in Cana, the place where he performed his very first miracle (Jn 2:11). When a royal official in Herod’s government heard that Jesus was in Cana he hurriedly traveled about 20 miles from Capernaum to beg him to come and heal his son who was at the point of death.
An important question one should ask is; why did the official come seeking Jesus? He probably heard the fame and the extraordinary signs and wonders that Jesus was performing. He probably heard that Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast in Cana; that he cured the man that suffered an infirmity for 38 years and was at the pool of Bethesda in John 5; that Jesus opened the eyes of the man born blind in John 9; that he raised Lazarus from the dead in John 11. But above all, the official approached Jesus because he had faith and trust that Jesus was able and capable of healing his dying son.
When the official encountered Jesus he pleaded, ‘Sir, come down before my little boy dies.’ Jesus did not comply. He did not follow the official to his house in Capernaum. He simply said, “Go, your son will live.” Once again the man demonstrates deep faith and trust in the power of Jesus because he neither doubted nor insisted to bring Jesus to his home. When Jesus said to him, ‘Go…’ he trusted in his words and went home. Before he got home, his servants broke the good news that his son was alive and it was at the exact same hour when Jesus said to him, ‘your son will live.’ He was so overwhelmed with joy that his entre household also believed in Jesus.
Today, we are invited to trust in Jesus in spite of the storms in our lives. We need to hold on to our Christian faith even when life does not seem to make sense. Jesus never said life would be easy. He says, in life you will face trials and tribulations (Jn 16:33). I understand it is tough to talk about faith in Christ especially at this time when COVID-19 is causing untold pain and suffering in our world. How can we talk of faith in Christ when the world is shaken to its foundations by the mayhems of COVID-19? How can we have faith when God seems not to care?
In the midst of the storm of COVID-19, in the midst of the rising death toll, I want to remind you that the Lord has not abandoned us. He has not forgotten us, for he says, I will never forget you my people. ‘Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! (Is 49:15).’ God is still on his throne. Keep an attitude of faith for God will make a way even when there seems to be no way because with him all things are possible.
Fr Eugene Chianain Song, Cfic