Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; Psalm 46, Gospel of John 5:1-16
Today’s Psalm 46 tells us that “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore we fear not, though the earth be shaken and the mountains plunge into the depths of the sea.”
That’s pretty comforting, especially right now. The earth isn’t shaking and mountains are not plunging into the sea, but we sure are living in uncertain times!
This Psalm is just one more reminder that God is in control. Nothing that’s happening to us is a surprise to Him, even if it’s a surprise to us. Not only that, but God has already given us the strength and courage to deal with the circumstances we’re living in. We just have to tap into it.
Today’s Gospel from John tells about a man who was crippled for his entire life. He learned to live in that condition, and when Jesus asked if he wanted to be healed, he didn’t answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but began to complain to Jesus about his situation. In spite of that, Jesus healed the man.
Jesus can heal our bodies, but most of all, Jesus wants to heal our souls. Sometimes, like this man who was crippled for thirty eight years, we get stuck in our ways, and in our sins. Our sins aren’t always actions. Sometimes we have sinful attitudes. Jesus needs us to cooperate with him in order to heal our souls. Are we willing to accept the changes that Jesus is offering us?
Do you want to be well?
In Christ’s Peace…