Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032817.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.
The man never directly answered Jesus. He just told Him what he could not do. Jesus healed him anyway, because He knew what was in his heart. When Jesus asks you if you want to be healed, do you tell Him what/why you cannot be? Or do you place your trust in Christ, knowing that He knows what you need better than you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the healing’s that I have received when I allowed you to do what you know I needed. In Jesus’ holy name, I give you praise, Amen.
The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.