From now to Holy Week our gospel readings at daily Mass are mostly from the Gospel of John, which also provides us with the story of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday and many of the readings during Easter time, as we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection.
In John’s Gospel what Jesus says and does are continuing signs revealing God through his Son.
“Your son will live,” Jesus tells the government official from Capernaum, who in today’s reading comes to Cana in Galilee where Jesus is staying to plead for his son near death.
“Your son will live” Jesus tells him and the official returns to Capernaum “believing” until his servants meet him on the way announcing his son’s cure. “Your son will live,” Jesus tells him and the deadly fever left his son.. But the official did not see it at once, he must believe till he sees it himself.
God is not heartless before the mystery of death, our story says. He’s not less loving than the father from Galilee, the official who pleads for his son. The Father of Jesus, our Father, never wavers; he brings life to the world through his own Son.
But God’s mercy doesn’t appear immediately, our story reminds us. The official leaves Jesus “believing” not seeing. He has to wait. We see this also in the Lazarus story read this coming Sunday. “If you had been here, my brother would not have died,” Martha says to Jesus.She too has to wait, believing.
O God, let me rest in you
even now, before my earthly journey’s done.
For you bring me life even in death.
May I live believing
through the merits of Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.