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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 28, 2020

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TUESDAY, January 28         Thomas Aquinas

John 5:8-9a Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Jesus heals a man on the sabbath by the mystical pool of Beth-zatha. Beth-zatha means “house of mercy.” That name has to feel sadly ironic to the man ill for thirty-eight years, with no one willing to help him into the water.

This episode unveils the great conflict between the Way of Christ and the ways of this world. Rather than rejoice at the man’s miraculous healing, the people questioning Jesus view this miracle as a crime—and a threat, a sin even, because it occurs on the sabbath.

Jesus turns the world upside down, placing grace above legalism. Love is the fulfillment of the law. That love leads Jesus—and us—to the cross.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you had a negative reaction to good news? How does this story change the way you feel about that situation?

PRAY for the Diocese of Hyderabad (India)

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | Genesis 15:1-11,17-21 | Hebrews 9:1-14 | John 5:1-18

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