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Doctrines & Morals

Your son will live

March 12, 2018 (Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent)


Go your son will live


Dear friends in Christ, many people fall ill and sometimes, some do not get the desired cure for a long time. Sometimes, such an illness leads to death. There are those who have even what we refer to as minor ailments and still do not survive. Medical practitioners do their best, within the available resources, to help the sick get well. We however know that God is the ultimate healer, even when the patient is under the care of doctors. Illness and death, whether in the physical, economic, or the spiritual sense, require God’s intervention for a cure.


Our first reading today (Isaiah 65:17-21) reveals the story of a people afflicted on many fronts. God’s intervention is, “I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it, the sound of weeping or the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it, an infant that lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the child shall die a hundred years old…” God assures through the prophet, to give his people long life and prosperity, “They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.” These are definitely signs that will characterise the coming of the Messiah. As a nation, we need God’s intervention. With the falling standard of living, particularly for the poor majority, who cannot afford the expensive homes and hospitals specifically designed to cater for the rich and mighty, God’s intervention is needed. Here is one of the reasons, why people fall sick and for ailments that are curable, they remain at home and sometimes die for lack of adequate care.


That intervention of God is seen in the Gospel (John 4:43-54). An official came to Jesus and “begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death…Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your son will live.” It happened as he had said. The man was told when he got home, that the son was healed, “Yesterday at the seventh hour…” that was the time Jesus had said the words to him. He believed with his entire household. God’s intervention is needed for our nation. We need strong faith in God, and a commitment to make things work better. Even if you leave the country and go somewhere else, this still remains your home. So let us all play our part in the healing process of our nation. The political leaders cannot do this alone, every person must think positive of the future of the nation and see where he can contribute meaningfully. 


Let us pray: O God, we are sorry for the many times we have failed to heed your call to repentance. Help us heal our land and heal us too of our infirmities and our cravings. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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