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Ez 47:1-9, 12
Jn 5:1-16

On the feast day, for 38 years he sat by the pool at Bethesda feeling sorry for himself, making excuses and blaming others. “I have no one to put me in the pool.” “Someone always gets there before me.” Self pity had paralyzed him until Jesus asked him that challenging question, “Do you want to be well?” Jesus was not interested in this lame man’s lame excuses.

At times we can be like that too. We sit around steeped in self-pity making excuses that keep us out of the pool of people who are really living and enjoying life.

We tend to forget that all of us have, at times, have been hurt and wounded by others, sometimes by our own families, friends and even, sadly, possibly by the Church. This can cause us to become withdrawn, to give us a poor self image, to make us too introspective and even lead to a sense of hopelessness and depression.

Jesus asks you, do you want to be well? If so keep your eyes on him and get up and walk. He will accompany you. Walk from the darkness of self deception into the light of truth. Realize that your real value and dignity as a human being comes from the wonderful truth that you are made in the image and likeness of a God who was willing to suffer and die on a cross to prove his unconditional love for you.

It matters not what others may think or say about you. Once you embrace Jesus and get up and walk with him your miracle of healing will begin. Stop looking into the pool of humanity and start looking at yourself. “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

- Fr. Stephen Haslach, C.P.

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