Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

(Isaiah 65:17-21; John 4:43-54)

Last year during his Holy Thursday mass Pope Francis made an extraordinary gesture.  He washed the feet of two young women and one Muslim.  He obviously intended the action as a sign to the world that Jesus Christ has come to serve all people. In today's gospel, Jesus also gives a sign to the world.

In curing the official's son from a distance, Jesus shows to the people of Galilee that he is the one sent from God to heal the world.  The time is coming soon when he will hang on the cross to take away human guilt.  As the first reading from Isaiah intimates, God is about to do great things on behalf of humanity.

Still some of us doubt the good news in the gospel.  We tire of being told that Jesus has saved us from our sins when we find ourselves ever struggling with same temptations.  Perhaps our problem is that we fail to turn to the Lord with these needs.  We will find his grace strengthening our spirits when we turn to him to reform our sinful ways.