16 March 2010
Today’s Readings: Ez 47:1-9.12/Jn 5:1 16
It was believed that from time to time, an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters in the pool.The first one into the pool after such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease he had. Here, the pool is the scene of the healing of the paralytic. The religious leaders refuse to acknowledge the power of God working in Jesus. They only see the violation of the Sabbath law and not the revelation of God’s healing power.
Today’s Gospel presents to us God’s healing power that reaches us through natural agents like water, through God’s word in Scripture, or through the physical touch of the persons gifted with healing. Healing does not happen in selected time and place. We experience healing in different forms as we invoke God’s mercy and forgiveness. God’s love for us his people goes beyond and above the law. Be it on a Sabbath or in any ordinary tomes, we experience the healing power of God – wherever we are, whatever we are doing and in whatever form of life we choose.
Loving Father, we thank your for your generosity in extending to us your gift of healing. May we always see your power working in us, allowing us to experience your mercy and love. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.