Raffaello Sanzio – Healing of the Lame Man (detail) 1515-16
Tempera on paper, mounted on canvas – Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Feel the frustration of the lame man beside the pool. Thirty-eight years of trying to get to the waters, someone else always beating him to it; thirty-eight years for bystanders to know him, have compassion for him, and hence joy at his healing. Nevertheless, not for the Jewish leaders: legalism blocks and blinds them from the Good News of the healing Jesus.
Exalted words of Jesus well up as sparks and then flames from the friction between the leaders and him. We are peering directly into the mystery of Jesus’ divinity and oneness with God the Father. Contemplate the mystery and live it, for Jesus shares with you the very life he has with the Father. Rest in this life, this love, this healing touch of God upon you. Rise and walk!
What are these?
“Stand up, take your mat and walk.” v. 8
You, Father, always working v. 17
Faith in You: eternal life v. 24
Glory only from my God v. 44
This is the Fifth Week in Lent, Year A.
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