DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage
Jesus’ Compassion: In today’s Gospel, Jesus cured the man, who had been sick for thirty-eight years, even though it was the Sabbath day. Jesus’ Compassionate Love reaches out to all those who are suffering: whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Trust in His Love. He never fails.
Fr Philip Heng, S.J.
John 5:1-3a, 5-9, 16
There was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem next to the Sheep Pool there is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five porticos; and under these were crowds of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed
One man there had an illness which had lasted thirty-eight years, and when Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in that condition for a long time, he said, ‘Do you want to be well again?’ ‘Sir,’ replied the sick man, ‘I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I am still on the way, someone else gets down there before me.’
Jesus said, ‘Get up, pick up your sleeping-mat and walk around.’ The man was cured at once, and he picked up his mat and started to walk around. Now that day happened to be the Sabbath. It was because he did things like this on the Sabbath that the Jews began to harass Jesus.