Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

One of the most striking lines to me in today's Gospel is when the paralytic man replies to Jesus, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool." During a recent retreat I took at the Featherock Conference Center, one of the reflections was on this passage in the Gospel of John (John 5:1-16). The observation made by the person leading the reflection was that the man not having anyone to put him in the water is akin to people in our lives who are waiting for someone to give them a spiritual nudge. Perhaps we have someone in our lives who needs our encouragement to come back to the Church. It might be as simple as inviting them to a Lenten Evening of Reconciliation like we are having at St. Catherine on March 21st. Or maybe there is someone in our lives who is waiting to be invited to learn about the Catholic faith, but we have not bothered to invite them.

Who is waiting for you to give them a spiritual nudge?