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Lenten Reflection: Day 29
Gospel, John 5:1-3, 5-16
The Gospel reading today yet again draws our attention to the vicious and drastic effect of sin upon our whole being. Sin is unnatural to God’s image, which means that man; who is created in God’s image and likeness should consider sin as an alien element corrupting the natural (body) and supernatural (soul) being. The sinful nature of man is not only equipped to harm earthly existence but also will eternal detachment from the immaculate source of its being; which is God.
God who is all good and omnibenevolent, always desires only the good of man. This good is not merely His yearning but is also His struggle with man’s free will. An invisible decimal of this struggle can be experienced only when we love someone very dearly and always desire godliness in the person but this person chooses to act (freely) that indirectly or directly bruises or permanently damages his well-being and life.
The man who lay paralysed outside the Temple for over three decades, was waiting at the door step of God; so to speak, to be healed. Many walked in and out of this Divine abode, to seek grace, blessings, healing, and reconciliation. Most among them were capable of sharing love and kindness, being forgiving as well as charitable. But none could ‘heal’ the physical disability of this paralytic man, nor could compensate the helplessness with anything that could fill his heart with hope and courage. It took God himself, in the person of Jesus, to heal and make him ‘walk’ again. Many a times our sins and the guilt of them get so deeply embedded in our hearts, mind and soul, that God alone can restore the lost joy, peace and self-confidence.
God allows us, by His healing that makes us new and whole, to get back into our daily lives, not just with physical healing, but also the much needed spiritual healing. This spiritual healing restores the image of God once again in us. God enables us to get off and pick up our mat (that keeps us comfortable or confined to something or someone) and walk (move forward in spreading His goodness around and living the faith). It is by this healing, renewal and evangelizing, that the world will know who the maker and giver of all of this good in our lives.