Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (8th March, 2016) on the Gospel
Ezek 47:1-9.12;Ps 45:2-3.5-6.8-9 (R. v. 8);
Topic: We always have God.
In today’s gospel, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a Jewish festival. And in Jerusalem was a pool with five porticoes in which people with different ailments gathered. One man there had been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” And the sick man replied, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.”
Like this sick man we often see ourselves complaining that we are alone. Yet God has said to us, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine,” (Is 43:1). And God is ever faithful in all his words and gracious in all his deeds, cf. Ps 145:13. To further confirm His faithfulness, He also said, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Is 49:15).
Jesus said to the sick man, “Stand up, take your mat and walk” after thirty-eight years. The gospel reads further, “At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk”.
That one has been in a challenging condition for a long time does not mean that God is no longer God. He is ever faithful. God promised to be with us even in the time of trouble to rescue us and to honour us, cf. Ps 91:15. He will surely manifest Himself but at His own time, cf. 2Thess 2:6; Ps 102:13. So do not shiver because people are against you, God who is with us is greater, cf. Job 33:12. We need just to call on Him and wait for His assured answer, cf. Jer 33:3. But we must keep our faith intact, cf. Lk 18:8.
Bible Reading: Ps 91; Ps 102.
Thought for today: God is always with us, cf. Is 8:10; Matt 1:23.
Let us pray: Lord, always assist us in situations that challenge us – Amen.
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