Audio Readings March 17, 2015 4th Week of Lent

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9

John 5:1-16

Saint Patrick, Bishop

Do you want to be well? (John 5:6)

It was a simple question, requiring only a yes or no answer. Of course, we would all say yes if we were in this man’s situation and someone came offering us healing. You would think he would say the same thing as well. Why else would he spend all his time at a pool known for its healing powers? But rather than give an enthusiastic yes to Jesus, the man laments, “I have no one to put me into the pool” (John 5:7).

Have his family and friends, disheartened by his disability, abandoned him? Or maybe he is the one who has given up hope and has abandoned the support of his home and community? Either way, it seems that he has resigned himself to a life of loneliness and want. But Jesus knows better: he himself is the One who will immerse this man in God’s healing power. As long as he is in the world, he will love and heal—physically, spiritually, and emotionally!

This is the nature of true love. It always seeks the best for the beloved—not just good enough, but the best! The hard realities of life had taken their toll on this man, and Jesus chose to do something more than just try to cheer him up. He set him free!

It’s easy to resign ourselves to a life of suffering, isn’t it? We can settle for just a “trickle” of grace in the form of quiet acceptance or just a little relief. But Jesus is standing before us, ready to unleash a flood of grace. He always loves. He always wants the best for us.

If everyone reading these words were to step out in faith in a new area in their lives—or seek a new faith in an old area—imagine the joy that would fill the heavens! So let’s all tell Jesus, with a surge of faith in his abundant power, that we believe he is the One sent to help us!

“Lord Jesus, I know that you want to help me and my loved ones today. Give me the faith to ask for healing and then to trust in you.”~WAU

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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