Archive | March 2013

Do You Want To Be Well?

Freedom can be frightening.  In fact, even the thought of freedom can spark fear. We live because God freely chooses to give us life and God’s free choice enables us to be free.  The only way we can be as God wants us to be, to be – in fact – as God Himself is, is by accepting God’s gift of freedom.  Of course, because we’re free we’re always free to reject our own freedom.  God wants you to be free, and God wants you to be well.  The question is: “Do you want to be well?”

 

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Gospel 

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.

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Know Your Name!

When we repent, we begin to behave in new ways.  The change in behavior is what people notice, and it’s what God wants.  We shouldn’t forget, however, that a permanent change in behavior requires a change in thinking, and a permanent change in thinking requires us to change what it is that we believe.

If we really believed what is really true, we’d have nothing to repent.

To know the truth, and to believe the truth is the foundation of living a life that pleases God; and we do this, as Jesus explained, “so that our joy may be complete.”

 

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The Third Sunday in Lent

Gospel 

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.  Jesus said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!

“Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them — do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”

And he told them this parable:

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