Everyday Signs and Wonders
”There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease.” ~ Saint Basil the Great
In today’s Gospel (John 4:43-54), Jesus performs his second miracle, this after having encountered resistance in his native land and moving on to Galilee. https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Jesus-Cast-in-the-Role-of-Villian-in-Biblical-Cliffhanger. It was during his encounter with the royal official whose son he would ultimately heal that Jesus bemoans the fact that “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” It was however through faith in Jesus’ healing power that this royal official believed Jesus right away when he said to him “You may go, your son will live.” And so he did.
Out of every pore of his body, Jesus expresses the healing love of God. His time on this earth is a harbinger of God the Father’s ultimate intention for the world. Jesus foreshadows his own second coming, that ethereal day when “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). He does so through each precious encounter with his beloved children.
As Bishop Barron points out in his Daily Gospel Reflection, “Jesus does not wait for the sinner, the sufferer, the marginalized to come to him. In love and humility, he goes to them. This same Jesus, risen from the dead, present and alive in the Church, is still seeking us out, coming into our homes - not waiting for us to crawl to him, but seeking us out in love and humility.”
Celebration of the Holy Mass offers us the opportunity to grow in our humility as well. Whether it be the Penitential Act, wherein we as a parish community profess and confess “our fault, our fault, our most grievous fault,” or in our response to the Invitation to Communion echoing the famous words of the centurion, another among the many who experienced Jesus’ healing firsthand, when we say “Lord, I am not worthy they you should enter under my roof. . . but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”
In the closing words of today’s Gospel, we hear that the royal official’s entire household came to believe in Jesus as a result of the miracle he performed, that of physical healing. As is so often the case in scripture, physical healing served as a stepping stone to spiritual healing, or in this case, the beginning of a personal relationship with Jesus for every member of the royal official’s family. It is spiritual healing, that which prepares us for eternal life, that we must seek and desire with the greatest of ardor and fervor. Although Jesus healed the royal official’s son, this young man would still one day leave this earth by way of his physical passing.
We must always seek those things they are eternal. Jesus is the generous provider of everyday signs and wonders, revealing himself to us through Scripture, through the Sacraments, through every single person that he lovingly and meticulously places in our lives and yes, through miracles. To quote the great Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, whose Feast Day we celebrate today, “Christ said ‘I am the truth.’ He did not say ‘I am the custom.’”
“We adore you O Christ and we praise you. For by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”