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Lent ……. Day Twenty-Eight

Lent ……. Day Twenty-Eight

“He wants me to love Him because He has forgiven me not much but ALL…He has willed that I KNOW how He has loved me with a love of unspeakable foresight in order that now I may love Him unto folly!” (Story of a Soul, 84)
St. Therese of Lisieux

 Jn 5:1-16

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.
 
We love to soak in our own misery.  We think that no one understands us, that we are uniquely effected by this and there is no way out.   If Jesus were here today and asked you “Do you want to be well?”  what would you say?  Would you laugh it off and say – yeah right you can’t help me, no one can!!   Have you heard of the saying “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”, meaning don’t be ungrateful to receive a gift.  And when that gift is given by God Himself!!!    God’s greatest gifts are His love, mercy and grace.  They are like low-hanging fruit waiting for us to pluck them.   Do we deserve them?  Of course not, but they remain there until we are ready to pluck them.   Yes these gifts are waiting for us, we must not give up and roll in our own misery, we must stand up, brush off the doubts and reach for these gifts with open hands, minds and hearts.  
 
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