On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 12, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

healing at the pool

Why do some of us wait half a lifetime or more to come into faith? To repent and truly be a child of God? To be healed? To be made pure? To share life with God? To walk in the light?

Throughout history our loving Father has communicated His grace, His love for us through sacraments, sacramentals even Holy places blessed with miracles. Leading His people to greater faith and more often showering them with His mercy and love.

But how many seek Him out simply out of love for Him? To be in His presence? To be embraced by Him? Many journey thousands of miles and flock to wherever miracles have taken place, to be witness? To be cured? To experience whatever the place has to offer? Some are moved by great faith and experience Him, while others are there simply to see if the magic is real? Some are waiting for help without actively seeking Him out. What is in their hearts? Why are they there?

All it ever takes is the Word of God to make us whole. To make us pure, to restore us, so that we may partake in our heavenly inheritance. To Father us, to love us. To live our lives with Him in love, peace and joy. Do we have such faith?

Many who have been transformed, and have experienced His great love for us by liberating us from all sins and addictions. Have we given Him thanks and praise? Have we shared our personal testimonies with others so that they too can come into greater faith? Have we acknowledged Jesus in our lives? Or have we shunned Him? Have we forgotten Him? Do we keep silent about Him, afraid what others might think of us if we talk about Him?

Are we continuing to walk in the light? To avoid all forms of temptations, through prayer and being faithful to the Gospels? Or have we fallen back our old ways?

If you have fallen turn back to Him now, it is not too late……He loves you and is waiting for you.

May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon us all. Amen

Gospel Reading

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.

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