March 8 - St. John of God
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 (John 5: 2-9).
This man wanted to be cured, he wanted his life to change for the better. Sometimes we can go through life thinking we are doing just fine spiritually, no change required. If we are truly humble, we know that we need Christ to cure us of our spiritual weakness as well.
Jesus, inspire me to be humble like this man and ask for your help.
Impact Sports: How often am I disobedient because I just feel like it?
Impact Life: Do I treat the handicapped or less fortunate with humble respect knowing that my health is a gift from God?