March 28, 2017 Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent-A

Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12

Psalm 46

John 5:1-16

“Do you want to be well?”  John 5:6

Lord, of course I want to be well!  Who doesn’t want to be healed of cancer, arthritis, back aches or even a bad cold?  Seems like a silly question.  I gotta believe there is more to this question than our physical health.  You see into our hearts beyond our aches and pains.  You see the health of our souls.  So, Lord, it’s a fair question.  You ask if I am willing to let go of whatever is holding me back from union with you.  Do I want to be free from my stubbornness of heart, lustful thoughts or resentment?  You may ask me how much I want to empty myself of pride, unforgiveness, jealousy or selfishness.  Lord, show me what really ails me.  Reveal to me the darkness in my heart that your light can remove.  My dear Jesus, I am so sorry of choosing my ways over yours.  I do want to be well in body, mind and spirit.  Give me the grace to open my heart to your healing, life-giving mercy and love.  Amen.