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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 31, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In desperation many throughout the centuries have sought healing through the use of healing stones, hot springs, charms, bracelets and many more ‘holy’ items. And yet how many of these people were cured or left wanting? Have we of faith pondered about our baptism? Was it the baptismal waters itself that caused our baptism? Or was it the Holy Spirit working through the water? Was it the fringe of the cloak that cured the hemorrhaging woman? Was it the clay and spittle that opened the blind man’s eyes?

Jesus speaks to us everyday yet how many actually hear Him? How many have heard Him ask, do you want to be well? Do you want to be cleansed of your sins? Do you want my love? Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.

Are we spiteful in our response or enraged and resentful of our ailments that we lash out at Him who seeks to help us? Or do we humbly implore His mercy?

Lord Jesus You are the living water that cleanses, quenches, heals, nourishes and makes fertile for bearing fruit. All we will ever want or need comes from You and through You. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Amen

FIRST READING
Ezekiel 47:1–9, 12

GOSPEL
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 have 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.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: March 31, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Yes Lord we are often an obstinate people, neither accepting of the word and the promises made by our heavenly Father nor recognising Your Hand in all that is good and done for us. We have been blind by allowing our sins to control us.

Jesus my Lord, let me instead be persistent in my faith. Knowing without a doubt that You are the promise fulfilled. Let me not be discouraged when obstacles come my way, but to view them as challenges and opportunities to grow. Free me from all my sins that I may love and serve You all the days of my life, Amen.

FIRST READING
Isaiah 65:17–21

GOSPEL
John 4:43–54

At that time Jesus left [Samaria] for Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.
Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death. Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. While the man was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. Now this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.