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
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.