Showing our Faith

Friends in Christ, we see today in the Gospel, this Royal Official who seeks out the help of Christ to heal his son. This is a man who is very important, in Greek, he is a basilikos, which could even be a petty king. But he is a royal official of great standing for sure.
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Christ Jesus was then known as the son of Joseph the carpenter, and Jesus surely did work that trade. Also, in the scene today, Christ is at Cana, which is nearly 20 miles away from where that royal official lived. So this important official travels 20 miles to beg the help of a poor carpenter in Cana!
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It would have been a scandal to those who saw this – this aristocrat swallowing his pride and humbly seeking such a poor man’s help. But he did not care what others thought; he wanted the help of Christ for his son, and he believe in Jesus.
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There are sometimes today, very well-known, popular and powerful people in this world, who are Catholics, and who nevertheless humble themselves and go to Mass on Sundays, and go to Confession to kneel and confess their sins. There are not many, but there are some such people These people, like this royal official who seeks out Christ who are undeterred by what others might say – this is an inspiration. We should imitate this.
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God has lowered himself from his Infinite Power of heaven to descend to – to unite himself to – our lowly, sweaty, dirty, sinful humanity. If God has done this for us, we must never be embarrassed to let others see our unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

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