FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Tuesday of LENT
March 24, 2020
WORD of the DAY
After this, 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. (John 5: 1-9 a)
How shall I live this Word?
The third sign made by Jesus in the Gospel of John is the healing of the man who has been sick for 38 years, at the pool of Bethesda. The number ‘38’ alludes to the years that the people of Israel, having fled from Egypt, spent in the desert before reaching the promised land, “we were wandering for 38 years” (Dt 2:14). Here, this sick person oppressed by evil is now hopeless, awaiting only death. Again, Jesus takes the initiative and asks the man: “Do you want to be well?” Do you want to return to hope ?” Sir, I have no one …”. Jesus seems to say to him, healing him: “You have me! Why do you still look to human security, to servile dependence on others? ”
My trust now rests on Your power! Convert us to You Lord. We are in Your hands!
The voice of Pope Francis Day in Memory of Missionary Martyrs 3/24/2019
How many are persecuted and killed because of their faith in Jesus? They are a ‘stimulus’ for us to courageously witness to Him who on the Cross forever conquered hatred and violence with His Love.
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