John 4:43–54


St. John’s Gospel is structured around seven miracles worked by Jesus. The inspired number, seven, is a perfect number. Beginning with the changing of the water into wine at Cana in Galilee, the seven signs conclude with the raising of Lazarus, which foreshadows Jesus’ own resurrection. Some scholars see a new theology of creation in the signs, with Jesus’ resurrection considered the eighth sign. Unlike Matthew, Mark, or Luke, John arranges his Gospel in such a way as to reveal its central message: that Jesus is divine. The seven signs each pull back the veil on one aspect of Jesus’ identity, teaching that he is the Son of God.


Lord Jesus, we come before you with faith like the royal official, believing in your power to heal and restore. May our faith lead to miraculous transformations in our lives this Lent. Amen.


Research the seven signs of John’s Gospel today. (In many Catholic Bibles, they are identified in chapter headings.) What do the signs reveal? What do they say to us today?

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