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.
1) 38 years: this was how long the man had been really sick. How many people have been suffering for years and have not found a solution? The good news is that a lot depends on your attitude. Today in the confinement we live we need to have the right attitude. Because you have faith, you can give this situation a different flavor. Think of Maximiliano Kolbe, a survivor of the German concentration camps, or the architect Bosco who lived 9 months in confinement. We have many advantages over them. They did not have Netflix or WhatsApp to keep them entertained. You must find your own way to cope with the confinement, but above all have the right attitude. Come on, hold on, this will also end. Let´s have the right attitude.
2) Get up: today we must cheer up, not only ourselves but others around us. We must continue on and like a famous saint used to say, “hard times are times of saints”. Today, we are going to lift up humanity since it is feeling so down. We have undergone difficulties and we have a great opportunity to make history, a story that you are building. Please do not become a victim of the times, let´s get up and continue our path to glory. Christ is alive!
3) Saturday: it is a time where we cannot become strict in saying you can or cannot do this. Today, we are in a situation where we must show and leave a mark as a universal humanity. We, as believers in Christ, are called upon to help those who are close to us. Today, we are all one in the love of God. It is time to show a church that is close and alive. Will you join us?
God bless you and be with you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And always remember, Heaven is our goal!