Crumbs
August 4, 2020
43. Week of First Sunday after Epiphany - Sunday
Go your way; your son lives
          Go your way; your son lives. The man believed the word.   John 4:50
          The time had now come that Jesus was to appear in public, and by preaching and working miracles was to manifest Himself as the Son of God and Saviour of the world. He did this first in Judea, in Jerusalem and the country south of Jerusalem, for more than half a year. Then He went to Galilee, coming again to Cana where He had performed His first miracle. In Capernaum, about five or six hours' walk from Cana, there lived at this time a certain nobleman, a government official, whose son was at the point of death. When he heard that Jesus was at Cana, he went to Him and requested Him that He would come down to Capernaum and heal his son. Jesus said to him, "Except you see signs and wonders, you will not believe." But the man kept on entreating Him and said, "Sir, come down or soon my child will die." Jesus said to him: "Go your way; your son lives." The man believed the word that Jesus had spoken to him, and went his way. The next day his servants met him, saying, "Your son lives." Then he asked of them the hour when he began to mend. And they said: "Yesterday at the seventh hour (one o'clock in the afternoon) the fever left him." So the father knew that it was in the same hour in which Jesus had said to him, "Your son lives." And he believed with his whole house. (John 4:46-54.)
          In this way Jesus manifested His divine glory: by a mere word spoken from a distance He healed the sick. And in this way the nobleman proved his faith: he relied upon the word of Christ. Through His written Word, Jesus now gives you the forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation, for the sake of the redemption with which He has redeemed you. Believe this Word, go your way, and rely upon this Word in life and death, rest and depend upon this Word, though you feel or see nothing of its power. Jesus' Word will not deceive you.
          PRAYER: - Almighty, eternal God, who through Your Son promised us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life, I pray You that by Your Holy Spirit You would so rule and quicken[enliven] my heart that in daily prayer, and especially in all temptation, I may seek this help from Him, and firmly believing His Word and promise, surely find and obtain it, and finally be saved through Him. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 4, 2020