John 5:1-18



Today’s Reading is John 5:1-18.
Here is a miracle: Jesus saw him lying there, and he knew that the man had been sick for such a long time; so he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
That is not really a healing story. It is about change of behavior and perspective. Almost like overcoming an addiction. Take a look at the original Twelve Steps. The man had been stuck on step one for a long time. Now Jesus’ presence enabled him to rush through step two and three during this brief encounter.

Our recovering man makes even more progress: Afterward, Jesus found him in the Temple.
That probably equals steps four and five, maybe even including six and seven. Good God, he’s halfway there!


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