Fourth Tuesday of Lent

Readings: Ez 47: 1-9, 12 / Ps 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9 / Jn 5: 1-16

There is something paradoxical about water. We can’t live without it, and yet it can destroy us as well. Both of our readings today deal with water in some manner. The reading from Ezekiel speaks of “water flowing, an allusion to the legend in which the stream of water coming out of Eden had been stopped by Adam’s sin”.  And of course our Gospel speaks of the pool at Bethesda. Water, of course, is part of God’s Creation yet it can destroy us like sin. The “one man” was expecting the water to do something for him. But he is unable to access this water. Jesus does for the man what the water has been unable to do.

So too in our lives. We confront paradoxes every day. Sometimes they are life giving and sometimes they can be life threatening. We might not know what to do. But faith and trust in Jesus assures us he is there to aid us. In spite of our misgivings and even our sin, he will assist us in our struggles. We might not always feel, or see, or even understand that grace at work in us day in and day out.  But stepping back as we do in Lent is an opportunity to recognize that grace, that assistance and allow Jesus to aid in our healing from whatever holds us back.  

Rev. Francis Chambers, OSA
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