Malvern Minute – Tuesday
Malvern Minute

 

March 28, 2017 – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

All who are thirsty, come to the waters, says the Lord.

Though you have no money, come and drink with joy.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the holy Gospel according to 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.
 

Reflect: Do you want to be well? Jesus asks this straight-forward question. It’s not a trick question. Jesus wants to know if the man in the gospel story really wants to be healed after 38 years of suffering. Thinking that the healing depended solely upon his ability to plunge himself into the holy pool at Bethesda, his answer to Jesus goes off on a tangent about not having anyone to help him get into the pool. Without any further discussion, Jesus heals the man. Later in the same story, Jesus says to the man: “Look, you are well; do not sin any more.” For some reason the man was crippled (and blind to the truth of God’s love for him). Maybe the story talks about a sin that interfered with his freedom to move about and be fully alive. Whatever the issue the man struggled with, this gospel serves as a powerful reminder for us that Jesus is the Living Water. He is the one that gives us life; life to the full. Beginning from a spiritual perspective, Jesus asks us repeatedly – especially during Lent – do you want to be well? He invites us to be washed clean, to be cleansed in the waters of salvation. Do we want to be well? If so, let Jesus heal our heart, mind and soul

Questions: What is a lingering sin in my life that inhibits my ability to be fully alive? Can I confess that sin? Do I make excuses when Jesus asks me if I want to be well? Do I look to Jesus for the healing of my heart and soul or do I self-medicate with all kinds of other solutions that are far from God?

Pray: Loving God, pour out your Living Waters upon me so that I might be filled with your grace and love and proclaim your mercy and goodness by the way I live.  I ask this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

A clean heart create for me, O God;

give me back the joy of your salvation!

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