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Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Deuteronomy 7:9: The Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so sacrificially and steadfastly. Thank you for the way you preserved your assurances to the Israelites and brought Jesus just as you promised. We trust your promise to send him back to bring us home to you. Please receive the deeds and words of this day as our thanks to you for your covenant of love with us and those we love. In the name of Infant Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (March 11, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
First Reading: Is 65:17-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 4:43-54
Lectionary: 244
Colour: Voilet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 4:43-54
43After the two days he departed to Galilee. 44For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. 45So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast. 46So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Caper'na-um there was an official whose son was ill. 47When 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. 48Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." 49The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." 50Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. 51As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. 52So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." 53The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live"; and he himself believed, and all his household. 54This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
It took raw courage for a high ranking official to go twenty miles in search of Jesus, the Galilean carpenter. He had to gulp his pride and put up with some ridicule from his cronies. And when he found the healer carpenter, Jesus seemed to put him off with the dull statement that people would not believe if not they saw some kind of wonder or sign from heaven. Jesus likely said this to test the man to see if his faith was in serious. If he turned away discouraged or irritated, he would prove to be dishonest. Jesus, perceiving his faith, sent him home with the assurance that his prayer had been heard. It was perhaps not easy for this man to leave Jesus and go back home only with the promises word that his son would be healed. Couldn't Jesus have come to this man's home and touched his dying child? The court official believed in Jesus and took him at his word with no doubt or uncertainty. He was ready to return home and face mockery and laughter because he trusted in Jesus' word. God's mercy shows his kind love – a love that bends down in response to our unhappiness and wretchedness. Is there any area in our life where you need healing, pardon, change, and reinstatement? If we seek the Lord with trust and expectant faith, he will not disappoint us. Loving Infant Jesus, your love never fails and your mercy is unceasing. Give us the courage to surrender our stubborn pride, fear and doubts to your surpassing love, wisdom and knowledge. Make be strong in faith, persevering in hope, and constant in love.


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