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March 20th, Reading and Reflection from The Gospel of John 5:1-16

20 Mar

Daily Mass Readings

First Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
Gospel: John 5:1-3, 5-16

A Reading from the Gospel of John 5:1-16

There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there
and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up;
while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.

Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,
‘Take up your mat and walk.’”
They asked him,
“Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk?’”
The man who was healed did not know who it was,
for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him,
“Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews
that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus
because he did this on a sabbath.

Reflection:

The first thing that Jesus says to this man is, “do you want to be well?”  What a strange question, of course the man wants to be well, right?

There are many stories in the New Testament describing the healing power of Jesus.  In some examples he specifically says that their disability or sickness is not due to their sin.  In other examples it is not said why the person sick.  Here, Jesus poses an interesting and specific question to the man.  A powerful question that gives pause to all of us;

“Do you want to be well?”

Do you want to heal the sickness of your mind, to rise to the beauty and challenges of life, of living in the present, of letting go of the past?  Do you want to be rid of anxiety and depression and all the comforts that come with the familiar?

Science has proven the powerful link behind our thoughts and their chemical effects on our body.

Allow the words of Jesus to turn around in your mind and ask yourself the question:

“Do you want to be well?”

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One response to “March 20th, Reading and Reflection from The Gospel of John 5:1-16

  1. Sis

    March 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I love how Jesus is much more concerned about helping and healing than with obeying the laws.

     

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