Homily for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent Year A
Theme: BY His wounds we are healed
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Tuesday March 24 2020
(Jn. 5:1-16)) Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
In today’s Gospel Jesus heals a crippled man on a Sabbath. His situation was difficult because he could not throw himself into the pool ahead of the other sick people. The belief is that the first person who can touch the water of the pool will be healed. JESUS healed the man. It caused a stir to everyone who saw the healing. The Jews saw Jesus’ violation of the Sabbath and disregarded the healing. They more concerned if the law than its spirit.
Many must have been healed through the water. God uses anything He believes will evoke the faith of the needy. JESUS made the healing to emphasize that. It was not only the stirred water which is used to heal. Since Jesus, the Son of God, was present, He made the healing direct. He must have empathized with the cripple. If the stirred water will only be the medium, he would never be healed. That was hard to see and accept as far as the Jews were concerned. They were still blinded as to who was JESUS.
Many healers had appeared after the Lord Jesus. Some were authentic and some were bogus. Many, in their desire and need to be healed, fell victims to the fake ones. This is partly because they are still stuck in the belief that the healing were due to the medium like oil, candles, flowers, water, crystal ball, etc. They fail to attribute them to THE great HEALER, Jesus Christ. The crippled man realized that and so many others then and now. The true healers are those who are aware that they are mere media to the great healer. To claim that the power comes from them is arrogant and preposterous. They must be humble enough to accept they are being used by God to be instruments of His power. It was their faith in God which complimented God’s power. Miracles happen when God’s grace and human faith collide. That happened in both those who jumped in the pool and the one healed by Jesus. Now we know!