WORD of the DAY
Do you want to be healed? (John 5: 3)
Jesus question is addressed to an elderly man who had been sick for 38 years. We do not know any details about his illness or how old he was when he became sick. But 38 years of an illness is already quite a lot. He had no friends or relatives and so he lay at the edges of a pool, waiting to touch the water when the angel passed and the waters had healing power. It was a metaphor for being at the end, totally abandoned even by himself!
We have known friends, relatives, acquaintances who have been sick for many years and have given up and are just waiting for who knows what. Jesus reaches them as well with the question, “Do you want to be healed?” He comes to awaken them and lead them to their responsibility. Jesus invites, asks, be we are the ones who must move, at least in our desire, without fearing that we may regret the loss of the tranquility of indigence or of marginalization.
Lord, grant that these beautiful miracles do not only reach our ears. Let them be the signs that impact the reality of our life, even uncovering some of the contradictions that we hide.
The voice of the Liturgy
You who are thirsty, come to the water,
Says the Lord;
Come, you who have no money,
Come and drink with joy. (Cf. Isaiah 55: 1)