Tuesday of the 4th week of Lent

Ezekiel 47: 1-9.12     John 5: 1-16

Theme: The time has come!

In the gospel reading of today, we see the mercy and compassion of Jesus, not minding the fact that it was on a Sabbath day, he went ahead to heal the sick man. We are told that the man has been in that health condition for the past 38 years, before he is able to get to the water when it is troubled, another person gets there before him. We all as children of God has a lot to learn from the gospel reading of today. The first thing is that anyone who gets into the water when it is troubled, is healed of his illness. As a result of the healing power of the water, so many people are there with different kinds of health challenges, waiting for the opportunity to be healed. So, there is always the struggle to be the one to be healed, each time the opportunity comes. So, you can imagine the situation of this man that was healed by Jesus, he has stayed there for the past thirty years, believing God that his opportunity will come some day.

When Jesus saw him, he took pity on him, knowing what the man has suffered because of his health challenges. Jesus simply said to him “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk” and immediately he was restored to good health. One thing that is very clear about the sick man, is the fact that the day has come for him to be restored to good health, and nothing can stop it, not even the Sabbath day. He had hope that he will get his healing there some day, that is why he did not give up, but remained patiently for thirty-eight good years. One can also experience a similar situation when we are requesting for something from God, it may take some time before the prayer is answered. The sick man did not give up, he continued to be patient and had faith that his healing will happen one day. Always remember that quitters never win, it is only those who persevere like the sick man in today’s gospel, that end up as winners.

In any situation you find yourself in life, always trust God and believe that it is only a phase in your life that will come and go, it is not going to be permanent. Just try to learn what God is saying to you in that situation and hope for the best, while you continue to do your best. As you do this, 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.



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