Today’s Gospel is about a cripple stricken with illness for 38 years. The man, lying on a mat, hoped to be put inside the pool of Bethesda to be healed. However, he felt helpless and hopeless as he had no one to put him inside the pool and every time he attempted to go down by himself, someone else gets down before he could reach the pool. When Jesus saw this, He asked the man if he wanted to be well again. By His mere command to the cripple to get up, pick up his sleeping mat, and walked, Jesus healed the man at once.
We too encounter stumbling blocks in our lives that cripple us. During our darkest hour, we feel helpless and hopeless. There are times when problems are too overwhelming that we feel trapped and alone, as if no one in the world can help us, not even family, friends, colleagues, or significant others. Sometimes the struggle consumes us so completely that even if we try to face it head on, it just drags us back. But the Gospel reminds us that in our darkest hour, we are not alone. God sees us and He knows our pain. We just have to be discerning of God’s voice and listen to what He commands us to do. And if we allow God to work in us and follow His voice, we can get up, pick ourselves up and be freed from anything that cripples us.
Thank you for your grace, your mercy, your unrelenting love.
You know, O Lord what is troubling my heart, what I’m struggling with today.
O Lord, during my darkest hour, when I feel weak, alone, and hopeless,
may I feel Your presence for I know You are here with me always.
I pray for discernment O Lord, silence the noise around me
so that what remains in my heart is Your voice.
Bless me with the strength, the courage, and the patience
that I will need in order to follow You O Lord
and live my life in accordance with Your will.