Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF


The Galileans had once rejected Jesus and his message, belittling him as mere carpenter’s son. Jesus then made the famous remark that no prophet was honored in his own country and among his own people. They had even tried to throw him down a cliff for the remark (Lk 4:14-30).  However, this time around, they seem to have had a change of heart. They had heard about and even witnessed in Jerusalem all the miraculous things Jesus had done. It was not the message that interested them, but the extraordinary signs and wonders he did. Hence, when the official begged him to heal his son, Jesus could not but remark wistfully: “Unless you see signs and wonders, you will not believe!” Yet, Jesus would not hold back his favors just because their faith lacked depth. But he clearly longed for greater faith from them.

 Did even the official have genuine faith? If he had, why should he verify with his servants the “exact time” his son recovered? He verifies the time and becomes a believer – again, based on the signs!!

How deep is your faith? Is it dependent on the miraculous in your life? Or, is it deep enough to let God do whatever He wills with you?



 (Note: This reflection is a revised and updated version of the author’s own reflection for the same readings in the Bible Diary 2013 [Claretian Publications]. All rights reserved. He may be contacted at:


write comment
Please enter the letters as they are shown in the image above.