Thursday, April 26, 2018
Why does there seem to be so little change in the brokenness of humanity?
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”– John 5:6
At a place where the sick gathered in hope of healing by way of magical waters, Christ asked a rather strange question of a man among those gathered by the pool of Bethesda. He asks a question that seemingly has no need to be asked, “Do you want to be made well?” But I have found this very question foundational to hope and healing. It is the first question that must be answered by a soul in need.
Do you want to be made well? Or have you grown accustomed to that which ails you? Do you want to be made well? Or do you find comfort in your chronic excuse? Do you want to be made well? Or have you already surrendered to defeat and despair?
Christ then follows up this question with simply a command, “Rise to your feet, remove your bed from this place and walk on to the living of life.” A hand reaching up for a hand reaching down … the act of faith in response to grace.
Do I, do you, truly want to be made well? This is the first question needing to be answered.
Always in His Service,
Fr. Charitas de la Cruz