Archive for March 23, 2020


‘So you will not believe unless you see signs and portents!’

Has our hearts changed? What are we waiting for? Retreat after retreat receiving His grace urging on to grow in our faith yet refusing to carry our cross to follow Him! Refusing to move ahead in our mission to bear fruit for Him by serving our brethren. Are we not grateful for the many blessings He has showered upon us, or families, our communities? Do we only turn to Him in our hour of need?

By our Lord’s life, death and Resurrection, He has indeed created new heavens and a new earth. So that we might live fully in His love, His peace and joy! We must therefore choose and strive, to live in holiness and in His light. Leaving our past and the darkness behind forever. Let us not tarry any longer but choose to believe in Him, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him, give thanks to His holy name. Amen

Lord Jesus our world as we have known it, is dying. In Your most precious name we believe, heal, restore and renew the face of the earth we call home. Amen

First reading

Isaiah 65:17-21 ·
Be glad and rejoice for ever at what I am creating

Thus says the Lord: Now I create new heavens and a new earth, and the past will not be remembered, and will come no more to men’s minds. Be glad and rejoice for ever and ever for what I am creating, because I now create Jerusalem ‘Joy’ and her people ‘Gladness.’ I shall rejoice over Jerusalem and exult in my people. No more will the sound of weeping or the sound of cries be heard in her; in her, no more will be found the infant living a few days only, or the old man not living to the end of his days. To die at the age of a hundred will be dying young; not to live to be a hundred will be the sign of a curse. They will build houses and inhabit them, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Gospel

John 4:43-54
Go home: your son will live

Jesus left Samaria for Galilee. He himself had declared that there is no respect for a prophet in his own country, but on his arrival the Galileans received him well, having seen all that he had done at Jerusalem during the festival which they too had attended.
He went again to Cana in Galilee, where he had changed the water into wine. Now there was a court official there whose son was ill at Capernaum and, hearing that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judaea, he went and asked him to come and cure his son as he was at the point of death. Jesus said, ‘So you will not believe unless you see signs and portents!’ ‘Sir,’ answered the official ‘come down before my child dies.’ ‘Go home,’ said Jesus ‘your son will live.’ The man believed what Jesus had said and started on his way; and while he was still on the journey back his servants met him with the news that his boy was alive. He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. ‘The fever left him yesterday’ they said ‘at the seventh hour.’ The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, ‘Your son will live’; and he and all his household believed.
This was the second sign given by Jesus, on his return from Judaea to Galilee.