Archive for January 2013

Risky Healing

January 9, 2013

FreedomIn today’s gospel reading (John 5:1-15), Jesus heals a man who’s been disabled for thirty-eight years. He starts by asking the invalid what at first glance is a question with an obvious answer: “Do you want to become well?” After hearing the man explain why past attempts at healing have been unsuccessful, Jesus tells him to pick up his mat and begin walking.

Since carrying one’s mat on the Sabbath is against the rules, the Jewish leaders stop him. The former invalid immediately denies responsibility, pointing to Jesus, who has by this time faded into the crowd. (more…)