“Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.” Beyond a doubt, we would all die without water. By extension, our souls are in grave danger without the flowing waters of Baptism that make an end of sin and death and shine the bright promise of eternity with God upon our earthly lives. Healing and strength are gifts along the way which we need to keep going.
Imagine for a second the sick man in today’s Gospel who had been fighting his disease (we are not sure what it was) for thirty-eight years! And still there he was by the pool of Bethesda hoping with all his might for a cure and a new life. That sounds a lot like you and me. Then there came that day when Jesus approached him and changed his life forever: “Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your mat, and walk.’ Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.” Sometimes we learn the hard way that we must get up first from our old ways of life and self-loathing and reach out for the loving hand of Christ. He is certainly there waiting. The great news for this Lenten Weekday is that Jesus wants us to walk with Him and live the life He wants for us. He wishes for us to thrive not just survive.
“Today I close the door to the past, open the door to the future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in my life.” Emmy van Deurzen