Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:1-16.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:1-16. 
There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep (Gate) a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.

One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be well?" 
The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me." 
Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your mat, and walk." 
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Now that day was a sabbath. 
So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat." 
He answered them, "The man who made me well told me, 'Take up your mat and walk.'" 
They asked him, "Who is the man who told you, 'Take it up and walk'?" 
The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. 
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, "Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you."
The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. 
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.

Gospel commented, 
« The water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life » (Jn 4,14)

The Lord has multiplied his knowledge and he was zealous that those things should be known which through his grace have been given to us. And his praise he gave us on account of his name; our spirits praise his Holy Spirit. For there went forth a stream, and it became a river great and broad (Ez 47,1f.); indeed, it carried away everything, and shattered and brought it to the Temple. And the restraints of men were not able to restrain it nor even the arts of those who habitually restrain water. For it spread over the face of all the earth and filled everything.

Then all the thirsty upon the earth drank and thirst was relieved and quenched; for from the Most High was this drink given. Blessed, therefore, are the ministers of that drink: they who have been entrusted with his water. They have satisfied the parched lips and restored the paralyzed will. Even lives about to expire they have seized from death; and members which had fallen, they have restored and set up. They gave strength for their undertakings and light for their eyes. Because everyone recognized them as the Lord's: they live by the living water of eternity.