Tuesday of the 4 week of Lent
A very moving story in the Gospel reading today. Jesus approaches a sick man and asks him if he wants to be well- “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool.” The Gospel tells us that this poor man had been waiting and hoping for someone to help him for 38 years! Luckily, he met Jesus and Jesus healed him. This made me think about all those people today who are lonely, who have nobody to call or talk to them, to write to them, to visit with them or simply help them. Some of them may have been waiting for years for someone to visit, to call, to bring Holy Communion. This is not just a happily ending story from the Gospel, but it is a very real and accurate one even today. It reminds us that there are people, close to us, who are waiting for a good word from us, for a little conversation and help. Do we see them? Do we recognize them? Or do we simply walk by without paying any attention. “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool.” I have no one to help me.