John 4:43-54: Now there was a royal official whose son lay ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come…he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my little boy dies."
Last night I watched the “Field of Dreams” major league baseball game. It is a special game played in Iowa to recreate the Field of Dreams movie setting. While the game is billed as a return to the pure love of baseball, a ticket to the game cost almost $1000.
We long for the simplicity of pure pursuits, perhaps more in religion than in any other realm. A “royal official” who approached Jesus wanted the purest, simplest gift: for his child to survive and thrive. He hadn’t paid much attention to the “signs and wonders” which pleased the crowd. He probably had little interest in the trappings of religion which caused debate in his community. He was desperate to find healing for a person he loved.
In modern life, commercialism and political noise often drown out the most basic of human needs and desires: for health, for joy, for connection. But wouldn’t we all do well to remember what drew us in the first place? In watching sports, and in our lives of faith, shouldn’t we focus on the purest forms?
We followed Jesus to find the simplest gift: healing for people we love.
Psalm 102; Judges 14:20-15:20; Acts 7:17-29
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