Daily Reflection

March 12, 2013

“Do you want to be well?"

Jesus asked the man who had been ill for 36 years. Seems like an unnecessary and inappropriate question to be asking someone who has been suffering for so long. And yet Jesus chooses to ask him. And today He asks us too.

The sick man's response might be quite like ours. Blaming other people and circumstances for our fate. Always finding a reason or excuse. Jesus answers him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk”. The sick man could no longer ignore his situation. He had to respond.  He had to rise from where he was. He had to roll his mat and walk. Move on and walk away in another direction and where? Jesus tells him later, “Look, you are well, do not sin any more”. That’s where we have to go.

How many times has Jesus spoken to us individually and we have waited for someone else to carry our mats?

May god grant us the grace in this season of lent to pick up our cross and move on from a place, habit or sin that keeps us tied down and walk with Jesus towards  new life.


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