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John 5:1-3, 5-16

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 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. Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, "It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat." But he answered them, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Take up your mat and walk.'" They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, 'Take it up and walk'?" Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.

John 5:1-3, 5-16
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    • I can wait all my life for the stirring of the water. How safe it is not to see, not to have to move! No one can blame me for my inaction, because there’s nobody to lift me. When Jesus asks “Do you want to be healed?” I don’t really answer the question. I am not sure. If I were healed I would have to move on from the familiar place in which I have been lying all these years. God, stir my heart!
    • The man by the pool is waiting for healing from the stirring of the waters. He does not know that Jesus, source of all healing, is standing beside him. Do I look for healing in the wrong places?
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    • I take my place at the pool with the other invalids. One day Jesus comes by and talks to me, as if he had all the time in the world just for me. What goes on in me when he asks me if I want to be made well? What happens next?
    • Many people reject God because the god they have learnt about is a tyrant who interferes with their freedom. But the Good News is all about setting us free. This story illustrates that dramatically. When God touches our hearts, we become truly free. Then we can live by love and enjoy the fullness of life.
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    • Jesus asks the crippled man a curious question: /Do you want to be healed? / Surely that was obvious: the man had been lying there a long time, but had always lost out in the scramble to the healing water. But the question makes sense. A cure would not just restore his limbs to health. It would change his life and push him back into normality. When you recover from a long sickness, it can be hard to adjust to normal responsibilities and the demands that life makes on the healthy. For some people sickness becomes a way of life, and they find it hard to face a change of career.
    • Save me, Lord, from making excuses for myself, from pleading special circumstances. The best part of me does want to be healthy, and to take on all that you may ask of me. I do want to be healed.
    • Again, healing is in the air. Near the temple Jesus meets people sick for a long time. They are the poor and the lame - the ones that the Temple did not want. They just waited at the springs near the temple, and maybe this man, ill for thirty eight years, had given up. This often happens when we feel we cannot change or even ask the Lord to help us change. Nobody is ever unchangeable for Jesus. He has an immense respect for each of us, and believes we can always grow in freedom and in faith. Prayer helps us be free, and to live in the freedom of the love and healing of the Lord.
    • Memories come back at prayer - hurts that happened years ago, griefs, losses and bereavements, all the turmoil of the heart. This is just human, and we're like the man of the thirty-eight years at the pool of Bethesda. All Jesus wants to know is if we want to take a step forward and his healing grace and love will lead us, so that we walk through life that little bit freer.
    • It was evident to Jesus that the man had been beside the pool for a long time; he must have looked as if he was settled in, familiar with the place. As Jesus looks at me, he may see that I am comfortable - even in the limits about which I complain. Do I have the courage to ask Jesus to heal me?
    • I pray with compassion for all who believe themselves to be incurable or irredeemable.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus asks the crippled man a curious question: /Do you want to be healed? / Surely that was obvious: the man had been lying there a long time, but had always lost out in the scramble to the healing water. But the question makes sense. A cure would not just restore his limbs to health. It would change his life and push him back into normality. When you recover from a long sickness, it can be hard to adjust to normal responsibilities and the demands that life makes on the healthy. For some people sickness becomes a way of life, and they find it hard to face a change of career.
    • Save me, Lord, from making excuses for myself, from pleading special circumstances. The best part of me does want to be healthy, and to take on all that you may ask of me. I do want to be healed.
    • Again, healing is in the air. Near the temple Jesus meets people sick for a long time. They are the poor and the lame - the ones that the Temple did not want. They just waited at the springs near the temple, and maybe this man, ill for thirty eight years, had given up. This often happens when we feel we cannot change or even ask the Lord to help us change. Nobody is ever unchangeable for Jesus. He has an immense respect for each of us, and believes we can always grow in freedom and in faith. Prayer helps us be free, and to live in the freedom of the love and healing of the Lord.
    • Memories come back at prayer - hurts that happened years ago, griefs, losses and bereavements, all the turmoil of the heart. This is just human, and we're like the man of the thirty-eight years at the pool of Bethesda. All Jesus wants to know is if we want to take a step forward and his healing grace and love will lead us, so that we walk through life that little bit freer.
    • It was evident to Jesus that the man had been beside the pool for a long time; he must have looked as if he was settled in, familiar with the place. As Jesus looks at me, he may see that I am comfortable - even in the limits about which I complain. Do I have the courage to ask Jesus to heal me?
    • I pray with compassion for all who believe themselves to be incurable or irredeemable.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus asks the crippled man a curious question: /Do you want to be healed? / Surely that was obvious: the man had been lying there a long time, but had always lost out in the scramble to the healing water. But the question makes sense. A cure would not just restore his limbs to health. It would change his life and push him back into normality. When you recover from a long sickness, it can be hard to adjust to normal responsibilities and the demands that life makes on the healthy. For some people sickness becomes a way of life, and they find it hard to face a change of career.
    • Save me, Lord, from making excuses for myself, from pleading special circumstances. The best part of me does want to be healthy, and to take on all that you may ask of me. I do want to be healed.
    • Again, healing is in the air. Near the temple Jesus meets people sick for a long time. They are the poor and the lame - the ones that the Temple did not want. They just waited at the springs near the temple, and maybe this man, ill for thirty eight years, had given up. This often happens when we feel we cannot change or even ask the Lord to help us change. Nobody is ever unchangeable for Jesus. He has an immense respect for each of us, and believes we can always grow in freedom and in faith. Prayer helps us be free, and to live in the freedom of the love and healing of the Lord.
    • Memories come back at prayer - hurts that happened years ago, griefs, losses and bereavements, all the turmoil of the heart. This is just human, and we're like the man of the thirty-eight years at the pool of Bethesda. All Jesus wants to know is if we want to take a step forward and his healing grace and love will lead us, so that we walk through life that little bit freer.
    • It was evident to Jesus that the man had been beside the pool for a long time; he must have looked as if he was settled in, familiar with the place. As Jesus looks at me, he may see that I am comfortable - even in the limits about which I complain. Do I have the courage to ask Jesus to heal me?
    • I pray with compassion for all who believe themselves to be incurable or irredeemable.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus asks the crippled man a curious question: /Do you want to be healed? / Surely that was obvious: the man had been lying there a long time, but had always lost out in the scramble to the healing water. But the question makes sense. A cure would not just restore his limbs to health. It would change his life and push him back into normality. When you recover from a long sickness, it can be hard to adjust to normal responsibilities and the demands that life makes on the healthy. For some people sickness becomes a way of life, and they find it hard to face a change of career.
    • Save me, Lord, from making excuses for myself, from pleading special circumstances. The best part of me does want to be healthy, and to take on all that you may ask of me. I do want to be healed.
    • Again, healing is in the air. Near the temple Jesus meets people sick for a long time. They are the poor and the lame - the ones that the Temple did not want. They just waited at the springs near the temple, and maybe this man, ill for thirty eight years, had given up. This often happens when we feel we cannot change or even ask the Lord to help us change. Nobody is ever unchangeable for Jesus. He has an immense respect for each of us, and believes we can always grow in freedom and in faith. Prayer helps us be free, and to live in the freedom of the love and healing of the Lord.
    • Memories come back at prayer - hurts that happened years ago, griefs, losses and bereavements, all the turmoil of the heart. This is just human, and we're like the man of the thirty-eight years at the pool of Bethesda. All Jesus wants to know is if we want to take a step forward and his healing grace and love will lead us, so that we walk through life that little bit freer.
    • It was evident to Jesus that the man had been beside the pool for a long time; he must have looked as if he was settled in, familiar with the place. As Jesus looks at me, he may see that I am comfortable - even in the limits about which I complain. Do I have the courage to ask Jesus to heal me?
    • I pray with compassion for all who believe themselves to be incurable or irredeemable.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • Jesus asks the crippled man a curious question: /Do you want to be healed? / Surely that was obvious: the man had been lying there a long time, but had always lost out in the scramble to the healing water. But the question makes sense. A cure would not just restore his limbs to health. It would change his life and push him back into normality. When you recover from a long sickness, it can be hard to adjust to normal responsibilities and the demands that life makes on the healthy. For some people sickness becomes a way of life, and they find it hard to face a change of career.
    • Save me, Lord, from making excuses for myself, from pleading special circumstances. The best part of me does want to be healthy, and to take on all that you may ask of me. I do want to be healed.
    • Again, healing is in the air. Near the temple Jesus meets people sick for a long time. They are the poor and the lame - the ones that the Temple did not want. They just waited at the springs near the temple, and maybe this man, ill for thirty eight years, had given up. This often happens when we feel we cannot change or even ask the Lord to help us change. Nobody is ever unchangeable for Jesus. He has an immense respect for each of us, and believes we can always grow in freedom and in faith. Prayer helps us be free, and to live in the freedom of the love and healing of the Lord.
    • Memories come back at prayer - hurts that happened years ago, griefs, losses and bereavements, all the turmoil of the heart. This is just human, and we're like the man of the thirty-eight years at the pool of Bethesda. All Jesus wants to know is if we want to take a step forward and his healing grace and love will lead us, so that we walk through life that little bit freer.
    • It was evident to Jesus that the man had been beside the pool for a long time; he must have looked as if he was settled in, familiar with the place. As Jesus looks at me, he may see that I am comfortable - even in the limits about which I complain. Do I have the courage to ask Jesus to heal me?
    • I pray with compassion for all who believe themselves to be incurable or irredeemable.