Saturday, July 20, 2024

Healing of the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

Healing of the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
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Pili Piñero
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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
Gospel text
Jn 5:1-16
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?”
Gospel's Commentary
Today the miracle "is working" in a different way. The paralytic has been lying there for 38 years. Poor wretch! Unable to do anything. Jesus Christ anticipates and asks him. The patient explains what happens to him, but he does not even dare asking for his cure... He does not think of that, after so many years! This sad situation turns the insides of the Christ-God... —This is how our humanity appears at present! Paralytic and sick because of "the original sin". Sometimes we do not even think about it. We had been "thrown" for some time, in a pitiful state. Nothing we could do. Nor does it cross our minds that God could heal us. But He took the initiative and gave His own life for our health.

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