O Jesus, heal my body and remove my sins.
Picture Jesus speaking to the healed man.
John portrays Jesus as going to Jerusalem on feast days to show that Jesus fulfills Jewish aspirations concerning the Messiah. This is the third sign of new life (preceded by Cana and healing the official’s son). The pool is clearly identified as the one near the sheep Gate.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Jesus chooses to heal this man because he has been sick for so long.
- The pool was frequently stirred from below. The sick tried to enter the pool while the stirring was taking place.
- Since Jesus is the new healing water, the man needed only Jesus, not the pool.
- By placing Sabbath laws first, the Jews reject this new source of God’s grace.
- Although healed, the man can still lose eternal life. This is Jesus’ concern.
- In great simplicity, the man reports Jesus, totally unaware of the Jews’ desire to kill him.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Lord, how long I have been sick with my sins and imperfections.
- You look at me. You know my sorry state. You pick me out of the crowd.
- You say to me, “Stand up.” Suddenly, I have great strength.
- O Jesus, I will remain with you and you will give me eternal life.
- Why do people not love you? You bless everyone.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will live this day in hope that Jesus will choose me for his blessings.
+ I will not listen to what others want me to do.