Pray for an increase in Eucharistic Adoration.
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;"
WHY? Why had he been there for a long time and no one helped?
Is there a sin we have been holding onto for a long time? Jesus wants to help. Let us bring Him our sin, Let us ask for forgiveness, and Let us be thankful that Jesus wants to help.
"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.
Jesus does not limit His mercy. Do we limit ourselves? Do we limit weekdays for work/school? Weekends for relaxation? And ONE hour on Sunday for the Lord? Every day is a day of prayer. Everyday is a day of praise. Everyday is a day of thanksgiving. Jesus does not limit His mercy.
"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.'"
REALLY? They witnessed a miracle and they were more concerned about the rules then the person? Jesus always puts the person first. He put us first all the way to Calvary. Do we take the time to put the person first? Do we take the few extra seconds to listen, and then to pray? Jesus always puts the person first.
Many things will happen today. We will have many opportunities to choose how we will respond. Let us pray that we will respond as Jesus does. Let us ask ourselves," What Would Jesus Do?" WWJD? And then Let's DO IT!
St. Frances of Paola, pray for us.