Our One Minute Wisdom for Today, March 17, 2015
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 38 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.
…When the Jews asked the man who cured him on a sabbath, he did not know who cured him.
After a while 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.
– From the Gospel of John 5: 1-16
*Do we want to be well?
*Why does Jesus have to ask us first if we want to be well when He can easily grant it?
*Do we sincerely desire healing and forgiveness in our lives?
Saint for today:
St. Patrick, pray for us.