Homily of the Day

Both readings today speak of life-giving water: the first reading of water from the Temple which gives life to fish and fruit trees; the Gospel reading of an extraordinary pool with special healing power.

In the Gospel reading Jesus cured the sick man but enraged the Jews because he healed on the sabbath and told the cured man to take up his mat, something not allowed on the sabbath.

God desires to give us all we need for a full life. The waters of his grace and the pool of his mercy never run dry. Are we ready to depend on him?

The Jewish leaders of the time did not appreciate Jesus’ kindness in curing the paralyzed man: all they saw was Jesus violating the sabbath. How much do we appreciate God’s continuing goodness and care for us? Are we at times hypocrites like the Jewish leaders?