From the Word of the Day
Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. (John 5: 9)
On the Sabbath, Jesus heals a man who had been sick for 38 years. This was at the pool of Siloam and there was no one to help him get into the water first. How much sadness in the man who laments because no one helped in at the opportune moment! Jesus, then manifests His goodness and His mercy, instantly healing the man. At the same time, he tells him not to sin again lest something worse happen to him. (Cf. John 5: 14)
Even today, Jesus asks us to avoid sin so that we will not continue to be spiritually paralyzed, falling into the same sins or worse. Lent is a propitious time for a serious examination of conscience and for a true, sincere, and enduring resolution of conversion.
In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall examine my conscience in Jesus’ presence, asking Him for the light to see what I need to change and the grace to do so.
Jesus, convert my heart to You!
The Voice of St. Augustine
Take up your mat. And once you have taken it, do not stop…walk! Walk, loving your neighbor, being interested in him/her, you will walk…bring him/her along with you to reach the One with Whom you want to remain forever. Take up your mat and walk.”