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Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent (24th March, 2020) on the Gospel
 
Ezek 47:1-9.12;
Ps 45:2-3.5-6.8-9 (R. v. 8);
Jn 5:1-3.5-16.
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 complain 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 this time of COVID-19 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. However, 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, assist us always especially against the CONVID-19 – Amen.
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