Most Holy Trinity by Ermes Dovico

GOSPEL PEARLS

Now it’s our turn

“Take up your bed and walk.” (John 5: 8)

Gospel Pearls 24_03_2020 Italiano Español

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic[ called Bethesda which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.  One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”  Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.”  But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”  Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. (John 5: 1-16)

When Jesus says, "Take up your bed and walk", it summarizes the love we have for our neighbour as we have for ourselves. In fact, as was the case before his healing a neighbour of good will helped the paralyzed man with his bed. It is now, the healed man who has to walk and offer his help to others. All of us, like the paralyzed man healed by Jesus, are invited to love God, whom we do not see, while living with our neighbour whom we do see.