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Daily Gospel Reading - April 5, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

John 5:1-16

Cure on a Sabbath

1There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep [Gate] a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. 3In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. [4] 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” 7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” 9Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
Now that day was a sabbath. 10So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” 11He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’ ” 12They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” 13The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. 14After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. 16Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.


Rise, take up your mat, and walk.
I find the man who is healed amusingly innocent and wonderfully simple. That is perhaps why Jesus does not wait to be asked to heal him. Innocence and simplicity speak louder than words. Our sincerity is our language for others to believe and for the Lord to take notice and listen.
When asked to give retreats, I am sometimes accommodated in a hotel. I must confess I love staying in hotels for the simple reason that they do not have any clutter lying around. One finds a bed, a table, and a comfort room—so different from my room where I have collected a lot of mementos through the years. Even the heart grows lost and heavy with all the clutter we take in.
Take up your mat and walk. The Pharisees see a lot of “clutter” in Jesus and want to have him killed. Jesus sees the sick man, heals him, and sends him home.


Give away to a poor person
one precious item from your room.

Daily Gospel Reading - April 4, 2011 PDF Print E-mail

John 4:43-54

Second Sign at Cana

43[Jesus] left [Samaria] for Galilee. 44For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his native place. 45When he came into Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, since they had seen all he had done in Jerusalem at the feast; for they themselves had gone to the feast.
46Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. Now there was a royal official whose son was ill in Capernaum. 47When he heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, who was near death. 48Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.” 49The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” 50Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. 51While he was on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy would live. 52He asked them when he began to recover. They told him, “The fever left him yesterday, about one in the afternoon.” 53The father realized that just at that time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he and his whole household came to believe. 54[Now] this was the second sign Jesus did when he came to Galilee from Judea.


Jesus returned to Cana.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur promised, “I shall return.” Salmon are known to return to the exact spot of their birth in order to spawn. Criminals are said to return to the scene of the crime.
Jesus returns to Nazareth, to Galilee, and to places where he has been. He meets the persons he cured. He encounters the same crowd. He often returns to the mountains to pray. And he instructs his disciples to wait for his return.
Among Filipinos we quip: He who does not know how to look back is suffering from a stiff neck (a humorous translation of the famous Filipino saying, “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan”).
To return is to show gratitude, to confront our past peacefully and objectively, to be at peace with ourselves and our world, to bless our roots, and to recognize our beginnings. To return is to be humble and stand before our God, who is the beginning and end of our being.


Visit a friend or loved one
whom you have not seen for a long, long time.

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