“Do you want to be healed?” is the question Jesus poses to the sick man in today’s Gospel. It is the same question he poses to each of us. We are reminded that we cannot heal ourselves. Only he can heal us. He is the master of the impossible.
In the first reading, we have a description of water flowing from the temple. Water is the symbol of grace flowing from the Heart of Christ. I shall pray to Jesus today to give me this water in abundance to heal me, to strengthen my faith.
I shall reflect that the waters of baptism healed me from Original Sin and that the word of Christ that healed the sick man is also the word spoken over the bread and wine in each mass. The Eucharist is the Word of God that heals.
So what’s the conclusion? I resolve today to pray for those preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil Mass and I shall spend special time before the Eucharist begging the Lord’s forgiveness for me and for all who seek healing, especially for those who do not know how to seek it or where to find it.