Lent day 15


Theme: Well


John 5:1-18

Later, Jesus went to Jerusalem for another Jewish festival. In the city near the sheep gate was a pool with five porches, and its name in Hebrew was Bethzatha.
Many sick, blind, lame, and crippled people were lying close to the pool.
Beside the pool was a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw the man and realized that he had been crippled for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be healed?”
The man answered, “Lord, I don’t have anyone to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up. I try to get in, but someone else always gets there first.”
Jesus told him, “Pick up your mat and walk!” Right then the man was healed. He picked up his mat and started walking around. The day on which this happened was a Sabbath.
When the Jewish leaders saw the man carrying his mat, they said to him, “This is the Sabbath! No one is allowed to carry a mat on the Sabbath.”
But he replied, “The man who healed me told me to pick up my mat and walk.”
They asked him, “Who is this man that told you to pick up your mat and walk?” But he did not know who Jesus was, and Jesus had left because of the crowd.
Later, Jesus met the man in the temple and told him, “You are now well. But don’t sin anymore or something worse might happen to you.” The man left and told the leaders that Jesus was the one who had healed him. They started making a lot of trouble for Jesus because he did things like this on the Sabbath.
But Jesus said, “My Father has never stopped working, and that is why I keep on working.” Now the leaders wanted to kill Jesus for two reasons. First, he had broken the law of the Sabbath. But even worse, he had said that God was his Father, which made him equal with God.

Reflection prompts

  • What would life look like for you to be well?
  • What visible or invisible things in your life need healing?


Patient healer, I need your healing words, but the things that ail me are not
obvious to the eye. They are internal hurtful narratives, doubt in myself,
doubt in you. I long for you to see all of me and to make me well. Show me how
to get off my mat. Gratefully I pray. Amen. - Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A
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