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Tuesday, March 28th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 5:1-16.


Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent

28 March 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

“Do you want to be well?”

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 5:1-16.

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. Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.'”
They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a Sabbath.

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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent

28 March 2017

Commentary of the day

Saint Ambrose

(c.340-397),

Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church

On the Mysteries, 24f.

“Do you want to be well?”

The cripple beside the pool of Bethesda was waiting for someone (to help him into the pool). For whom was he waiting if not for the Lord Jesus, born of a Virgin? When he came it was no longer only a matter of some mere prefiguration that was healing people, but Truth itself was healing them all. And so it was he whose descent was awaited, he of whom God the Father spoke to John the Baptist: “On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit” (Jn 1,33)… But why did the Spirit come down like a dove if not so that you might see and acknowledge that the dove that righteous Noah sent out from the ark was the image of that dove and might recognize in it a prefiguring of the sacrament of baptism…?

Can you still waver when the Father is unquestionably proclaiming to you in the Gospel: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3,17); when the Son, over whom the Holy Spirit was manifested in the form of a dove, is proclaiming it too; when the Holy Spirit, who descended in the form of a dove, is also proclaiming it; when David proclaims: “The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over vast waters” (Ps 29[28],3)? Scripture also affirms that fire came down from heaven at Gideon’s prayers and again, that fire was sent to consecrate the sacrifice at the prayer of Elijah. (Jgs 6,21; 1Kgs 18,38).

Don’t attend to a priest’s personal worth but to his office… Believe that our Lord Jesus is present when invoked at the prayer of the priest, he who said: “Where two or three are gathered together, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18,20). How much more, then, does he deign to grant us his presence where the Church is, where the mysteries are celebrated. And so you have gone down to the baptistery. Remember what you have said: that you believe in the Father, you believe in the Son, you believe in the Holy Spirit… With similar words of commitment you asserted your belief in the Son as you believe in the Father, your belief in the Holy Spirit as you believe in the Son, with this sole difference: that you profess the need to believe in the cross of our only Lord Jesus.

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Tuesday of the Fourth week of Lent

28 March 2017

Saint of the day

St. Gontran,

King

(545-592)

SAINT GONTRAN
King
(545-592)

        St. Gontran was the son of King Clotaire, and grandson of Clovis I. and St. Clotildis. Being the second son, whilst his brothers Charibert reigned at Paris, and Sigebert in Ostrasia, residing at Metz, he was crowned king of Orleans and Burgundy in 561, making Chalons his capital.

When compelled to take up arms against his ambitious brothers and the Lombards, he made no other use of his victories, under the conduct of a brave general called Mommol, than to give peace to his dominions. The crimes in which the barbarous manners of his nation involved him he effaced by tears of repentance.

        The prosperity of his reign, both in peace and war, condemns those who think that human policy cannot be modelled by the maxims of the Gospel, whereas nothing can render a government more flourishing.

        He always treated the pastors of the Church with respect and veneration. He was the protector of the oppressed, and the tender parent of his subjects. He gave the greatest attention to the care of the sick. He fasted, prayed, wept, and offered himself to God night and day as a victim ready to be sacrificed on the altar of His justice, to avert

His indignation which he believed he himself had provoked and drawn down upon his innocent people. He was a severe punisher of crimes in his officers and others, and, by many wholesome regulations, restrained the barbarous licentiousness of his troops; but no man was more ready to forgive offences against his own person.

        With royal magnificence he built and endowed many churches and monasteries.

        This good king died in 592, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, having reigned thirty-one years and some months.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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