Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Being whole

John 5:1-10
Jesus Heals on the Sabbath
 After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth- zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty- eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”

"Do you want to be made well?"
A question to ponder.
How much dis-ease
do we find it convenient
to hold on to?
Perhaps our weakness
brings status
that we are not yet ready
to let go.
Because we believe
that wholeness
might somehow
diminish us.
We have found refuge
in our vulnerability
and cannot imagine
ourselves apart
from what afflicts us.
And so we continue
to pick over the scabs
that witness to healing,
opening up wounds,
exposing ourselves to hurt
wrapping our sorrow
around us
like a comfort blanket.
Until, along comes Jesus
and asks:
"Do you want to be made well?"

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