Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. (John 5:1-16, from the Gospel at today’s Lenten Mass)
“Do you want to be made well?” then Jesus said three things to the pitiful man: “Stand up, take your mat, and walk.” He did and was cured. Jesus says these same things to us. We are invited to believe.
“A clean heart create for me, O God; give me back the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51, from the Verse Before the Gospel at today’s Mass) St. John Berchmans, pray for us. St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.
“Patience achieves everything.” (St. Teresa of Avila)
On the bloom of my lot
Bloom I strove to raise.
Late, my acre of a rock
Yielded grape and maize.–Emily Dickinson