Lent day 24: Water

Gospel of the day: John 5:1-16

It’s Tuesday. I don’t know whether to say, “It’s only Tuesday.” or “It’s already Tuesday.”… maybe a little bit of both. Oh well, I hope everyone’s Tuesday treated them well. Today we hear in the Gospel the story of Jesus healing the man on the Sabbath. Now the man who Jesus heals is one who sits on the outskirts of society near a pool surrounded by other blind, lame, and paralyzed civilians.

Wherever the river flows,
every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
and there shall be abundant fish,
for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.” -Ezekiel 47:9-11

While reading the two passages today, I found that they have a similarity of water. In both stories, we hear of those near the water being brought to life. In the first reading, it is a plethora of fish, fruits, and plants thanks to the life springing forth from the water. But in the Gospel, there is a man who is able to flourish thanks to the healing of Jesus by the pool.

In the bible, water is always a sign of purity. Water is a sign of being born again into cleanliness. Just as we are baptized by water, we are baptized by the spirit. Today we hear the living spirit of God heal a man who has been paralyzed, sitting on the edge of this water waiting for healing for eight years.

All this talk about water has made me even more anxious to go on spring break next week. To allow me to immerse into the crystal clear water that God has created and just be cleaned of all stress of the busy world. Ah, I can’t wait.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”- John 7:38

At the end of the Gospel, after they have all transitioned away from the water, Jesus says, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” (John 5:14) This verse explains to us that the healing of Jesus at the water, while it was a physical healing, He also healed the paralyzed soul of the man. Allow God to heal the water which flows inside you. Become a living river, flowing towards all God’s goodness. Flourish within the light of His mercy and turn away from all temptations that cause soul-crippling sin.

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