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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 5:1-16): 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?” There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. 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; 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. 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.” He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a Sabbath.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today the miracle "is working" in a different way. The paralytic has been lying there for 38 years. Poor wretch! Unable to do anything. Jesus Christ anticipates and asks him. The patient explains what happens to him, but he does not even dare asking for his cure... He does not think of that, after so many years! This sad situation turns up the insides of the Christ-God...

—This is how our humanity appears at present! paralytic and sick because of "the original sin". Sometimes we do not even think about it. We had been "thrown" for some time, in a pitiful state. Nothing we could do. Nor does it cross our minds that God could heal us. But He took the initiative and gave His own life for our health.