Lenten Prayer Reflection by Patrick Graham

Mar 07 2016

John 4: 43-54

Today’s Gospel is specifically placed in Galilee, the providence where Cana is located. Christ’s first miracle of ministry was the change of water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana; so, this second miracle of Galilee is importantly related to the first.
The miracle of today’s Gospel, like that of the Wedding Feast, is based in faith of Jesus’ commands. A royal official asked Jesus to save his sick child in another town, and, without seeing the ill, Jesus tells, “You may go; your son will live.” One day later, the office is notified of the good health of his son. But importantly, the entirety of the house believed in Jesus’s power and authority.
In the beginning of the Gospel, it is important to note there is a contrast. The miracle is of the acceptance of Jesus, but Jesus testified “that a prophet has no honor in his native place.” This is an obvious foreshadowing of the Crucifixion.