Tuesday of the 4th week of Lent year A

Theme: Jesus the great healer

The gospel reading of today, presents to us how Jesus healed the man who was sick for 38 years, and his health was restored. You can just imagine what it means for one to be sick for that length of time. As a result of his health situation, other people will get into the water that can restore him to health before he gets there. Jesus makes use of any given opportunity to restore the sick to good health. He does not reject those who come to him for different reasons. In the same way that he was restoring people to good health in times past, he is also doing it in our own time.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, if you truly believe that God is still the same yesterday, today and forever, why then are you not presenting that difficulty in your life to him. He is greater than any situation you may be going through in your life now, just have faith in him and invite him to take control of that situation in your life. He loves us so very much, and he is always ready to lead us to the right path and always grant our good heart desires. Remember that with God everything is possible and what God cannot do does not exist. Trust in him and present all your worries and anxieties to him and he will show you that he is God.

Interestingly, Jesus makes use of every opportunity to enlighten his audience. The Jews are not comfortable with the fact that he healed the sick man on the Sabbath, and this led to the persecution of Jesus. One thing that we must learn from the action of Jesus, is the fact that the human person is supreme. The law is made for man and not man for the law. He could not allow the man the continue to suffer because that day was Sabbath. While for the Jews, the man should remain in his health situation until after the Sabbath.

As we present our different challenges in life to God with faith and trust, may almighty God bless you in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Homily for Tuesday of the 4th week in Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp