RISE Lent Reflection: Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018



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 anymore, 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.

–John 5:1-16



In today’s Gospel we see a man who is physically ill listen to a stranger (Jesus) and even do an unlawful act on the Sabbath. Like this man we must be open to God working through others who we might not personally know. The Lord could be working through that person to help provide you with the building block to help rebuild yourself and your faith in God. The key is to recognize the Lord in all His disguises.



Today imitate the Lord by serving a family member, friend, or co-worker.



Today’s Health Challenge: Relate

Today your goal is to be flexible and to show empathy to others so you can better relate to them as a child of God



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