Homily for Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent Year A
Theme: LENT: DAY 23 – FAST FROM DOUBT; APPROACH CHRIST THE LIVING WATER FOR YOUR HEALING
By: Rev. Fr. Jacob Aondover ATSU
Homily for Tuesday March 24 2020
READINGS: EZEKIEL 47:1-9.12, PSALM 46, JOHN 5:1-16
Jesus Christ is the living water prophesied about by Ezekiel (knowingly or unknowingly) that wherever it goes, everything lives (Eze. 47:10). Indeed he came as living water, way more effective than the healing waters of the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. A single command of his; “Rise, take up your pallet and walk” (Jn. 5:8) conquered the enduring ailment (38years) of the invalid.
Today too we see him restoring life as the prophet foresaw the Temple stream doing. Like the trees and plants that grew at the bank of the Temple stream were medicinal, so too was and still is, the touch of Christ. In fact, there is more to his healing; he cures our paralysis and calls us to righteousness. This resonate the idea of the ‘signs’ of Christ in John’s Gospel being more than miracles since they lead us to a deeper understanding of Christ.
In the first instance, we see the compassionate side of Jesus at work: he was not called upon to heal the man but considering his plight and how long he’d suffered; he cured him. Besides, nothing could stand in his way towards curing the invalid, not even the most advanced law of the Jews – not working on the Sabbath. Moreover, his (Jesus’) life meant nothing to him so long as the invalid was cured; he knew the consequences of his actions – death. Lastly, he never forgot to task the man to look after his soul by not sinning again.
We may do well to be as compassionate as Christ hence hearken to the cries and plight of those in need even before they ask. We may remember that ‘MAN’ IS GOD’S ULTIMATE CREATURE AND OUGHT TO BE TREATED AS SUCH; nothing therefore should obstruct us from being caring to one another. Furthermore, it is high time we started sacrificing our lives, comfort and pleasures for the saving of others; that is ideal Christianity.
Differently, we may do well to approach Christ with our most difficult problems and as he did to the man born blind (Jn. 9:1-41) two days ago and to the invalid who suffered paralysis for 38 years (Jn. 4:43ff) today; he’ll not just alleviate such problems; he’ll heal our souls making them fit for eternity. Amen.
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