The Readings speak of water. Ezekiel was given a vision where the water was flowing from below the threshold. As the angel led Ezekiel further the water gets deeper until it becomes a river, deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed. The water flow into the sea of stagnant waters and the water will become fresh. Wherever the river goes, every living creature that swarms will live … it will become fresh, and everything will live where the river goes. This water from the Temple gives life because it is the life of God that comes from the Temple.
In the Gospel Jesus heals a man who was lame for thirty eight years, waiting for the water to stir so he can be the first to jump in and be healed. Jesus came to him and asks him do you want to be made well? He replied he has no one to put him into the pool when the water stirs. The man told Jesus, it is humanly impossible for him. Jesus tells him: Stand up, take your mat and walk. John tells us at once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. The man did not have to wait until the water stirs because Jesus is the living water, which the First Reading describes as giving life to what is stagnant. The man’s legs were stagnant, but with a Word, Jesus gave life to it.
We are like this man whom Jesus healed. He wants to be healed but humanly, it is impossible. We may be struggling with something dead in our lives. Perhaps our hope, our faith, our finances, our health, our addictions. Try as we can, we cannot give it life. But when we come to Jesus, we are confident, he hears us and will give life to what is dead.
Jesus comes to us today and asks: do you want to be healed? If we want to be healed, we need to admit our inability to do this on our own. We need to admit our vulnerability to Jesus and let him tells us Stand up, take up your mat and walk. And when he does, we stand up in faith and believe Jesus has given us life.
Lord, I offer this situation I struggle with. I cannot do it on my own. Yet Lord, I believe, when you say so, it shall be done.