Do you want to get well? This is what Jesus told the sick man in today’s gospel, John 5:1-16. Instead of answering the question, the man tried to explain why he couldn’t get to the pool. Then Jesus said:  “rise, take up your mat, and walk.” The man immediately became well, took up his mat, and walked.” When Jesus found him in the temple he said: “Look, you are well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may happen to you.”

Today’s Gospel reminds me that everyday Jesus gives us an opportunity to be cured; to pick up our mat and walk; an opportunity to remove the heavy burdens and sins preventing us from walking his way.

Let’s pray to the Holy Spirit that we find the guidance and fortitude to say yes to Jesus and the faith to get up when we fall.

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