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John 5,1-16

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano
John 5, 1-16

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.

Do you want to heal?

1) They waited: There are people always waiting for things to happen without doing something to change, they wait for a miracle to happen, but they do not search the ways to help miracles happen. You are a miracle, but you must help God by putting your effort as well.

2) The dependence: Jesus invites you to be free and freedom is the greatest gift God gives us. There are people, though that make their lives dependent on others, and this is not a good thing. Possession is not good, and affective possessions that cancel others to make them their puppets. You must have a purpose and your own personality; you can be happy, and freedom is the key to accomplish it. Freedom is not to be misunderstood for debauchery.

3) The Jews: we see the Jews like the people who represent the law only, not focused on doing good for each person. This is an aspect of life we suffer daily in our community and our church. One person can do good deeds and pulls others towards God, but this action is narcissistic and judgmental. We only subject the person that is doing good deeds to a corner where he or she is not comfortable. If you want to do good deeds and help, remember people will try to complicate and put pressure on you, there is always envy and jealously present. But I encourage you to continue, because good deeds will always overcome evil and giving happiness to others does not have a price. Please do not give up.

God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And remember, Heaven is our goal.

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