Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 28, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Ezekiel 47:1-19, 12
Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
In today's Gospel we hear about a man who had been sick for 38 years
came to Bethesda to the Sheep Pool in hope of being healed.
Aren't there many things in our lives that we have hoped could be
Some may be very dramatic like healing from a life-threatening illness,
while others seem almost too silly to even mention. In all cases we
recognize there is something we hope could be changed. The Gospel tells
that the man went to the pool even though he had little hope of being
immersed in it's healing waters.
This tells us that the man made some effort to be in the right place -
place for healing and that he refused, even though logic might have
it, to give up altogether and abandon even a far-fetched hope for
Jesus used this situation to teach us that God's grace and healing
defies logic and that being required to do something like "be in the
place" or asking someone 'who knows what' in order to be healed, might
The last thought expressed in this Gospel story, is perhaps the most
important. After everything has been said and done and the man is
Jesus says to him, "Remember how you have been healed." With these
are reminded of the sad condition of so many people: they forgot!
In this season of grace may we pray not to be forgetful of what God has
for us, of all the many things which we have been "cured" of and
the price of our redemption. Holy scripture reminds us that we have
ransomed (healed, saved) not by some measurable sum of gold, but by the
precious blood of Christ, inestimable beyond our comprehension of its
- Donna Nelson, OCDS
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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
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