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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/031715.cfm
There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’“ They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a Sabbath.
How do you keep your Sabbath? Do you remember what this day means for us? The day of Jesus’ resurrection. The Jews had all kinds of laws that forbade them to do things on the Sabbath, and to us they seem legalistic and unreasonable. Do we go overboard the other way and work so hard we forget the Lord? Take time from your Sabbath to honor God by being with your family, going to Church, dedicating some time to prayer. No one will hold you obeying this Law – except God. Choose wisely.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, being with you on the Sabbath day is a great joy. Help me to spend the rest of my day well, without offending you, but giving you honor. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.