One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

March 27, 2006

For Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

John 4:43-54

Today in the Gospel, the Galileans now have the “man of miracles” among them.
They welcome him, and they have expectations.
The Lord also has expectations: he expects them to believe in him.
We see this when the official asks the Lord in the town of Cana to go and heal his dying son in the town of Capernaum.
The Lord answers with an accusation.

“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

The official meets the Lord’s accusation with a simple, moving plea that is itself a wondrous sign: “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
With that cry, this aggrieved father shows that he really has faith, and is not looking for a miracle show.
He is simply begging for the life of his child.
The Lord now turns, “You may go; your son will live.”
Hearing this, the man simply believes and calmly goes his way.
It is only about one in the afternoon [“the seventh hour”], but he does not even hurry straight home to Capernaum, eighteen miles away, for we see that he does not receive the confirmation of his son’s healing until the NEXT day, when his servants find him and tell him his son is well.
When the official has received this message from his servants, the Gospel tells us one more time of his being a believer— “he and his whole household came to believe.”
Both the Lord and the official have their expectations satisfied today: the Lord’s expectation of faith, and the official’s expectation of healing and life for his son.
There is salvation and life in the Body and Blood of our Lord.
Through the sacrament of his Body and Blood, we do not have to go to Cana in Galilee in order to welcome him.
Here at this very altar we can bring him our expectations, asking him for salvation and life.
However, he wants us to meet his expectations: our individual faith, as well as our loyal communion in the one, whole household of the Church.

That God Be Glorified in All


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