Posted by: Postordinandy | January 9, 2014

John 5 (pt 1)

Thirty-eight years!

Longing for restoration,

Lying immobile so close to the pool of healing,

But beaten back, defeated, every day.


Thirty-eight years!

Watching others find wholeness,

Desperate but helpless,

Trapped in my own broken body.


One question:

Do you want to get well?

(Honestly, you needed to ask?)

I do, but what can I do?


One statement:

Pick up your mat and walk

And an amazed response,

As I discover that is exactly what I now do.

In trouble for carrying my mat on the Holy Day,

But I can carry, and walk!

(I will go for a run later I think)


Did you return to the pool, my friend?

Did you help others into the sacred waters as they stirred,

As so many had failed to do for you?

Or did you forget those who remained in need,

And move on in your own life, now you could actually move?

Did you savour the flow of blood through your tired legs each morning?

Did you say a prayer of thanks as you put on your shoes?

Or did the routine of waking and working become so familiar

That you forgot you had not known it for almost four decades?

Did you remember the teacher as you grew older?

Were you among those who mourned his passing,

Or in the crowd who bayed for his blood?

Did you tell his story to your children?

Did you remain well…


“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.” [John 5:1-15]

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