4th Week of Lent, Monday, 01-04-19

Isaiah 65:17-21 / John 4:43-54

The man trusted Jesus.
Years ago, there was a movie called Quo Vadis. Starring Deborah Kerr, it dealt with the persecution of Christians in ancient Rome. One day after a dangerous filming session, a reporter asked Deborah, “Weren’t you afraid when the lions rushed you in the arena?” Deborah replied, “Not at all!
I’d read the script and I knew I’d be rescued.”

This is the kind of childlike trust that the royal official had in Jesus’ promise: “Your son will live.”
What kind of trust do we put in the promises of Jesus—promises like “Ask and you will receive” and “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day”? Luke 11:9, John 6:54
“If I keep a green bough in my heart, the Singing bird will come.” Chinese proverb
It is often easier to talk about concepts and ideas rather than to talk about reality and experiences. This may sound strange but for those of us who are in the teaching and presentation business, we find it easier to talk about lofty and high-flown concepts and ideas. To talk about reality and the human experience would require some thinking and reflection in order to find the right expressions. In the gospel, Jesus seemed to be talking about the lofty ideas of faith and belief rather than to give the people the signs that they need. But the court official begged Him with these words: Come down, before my child dies. But that phrase "come down" was not to tell Jesus to stop talking up there in the air.
Rather it was an open invitation for Jesus to come and reinforce the faith that the court official had in Jesus.

The court official too had to "come down" to the essentials of his faith and believe in Jesus, and to obey Jesus to go home and believe that his son will live.

Even the 1st reading of the promise of the new heavens and new earth are expressed in the human longing for joy and gladness.

The season of Lent is to help us to renew our faith in God.

A renewed faith in the power of Jesus can bring about in a renewed faith in the wonderful and amazing things that God will do for us.

A renewed faith combined with the powerful love of Jesus can indeed bring about forgiveness and healing, which is so much needed in our world. (SY)