The fact that Jesus asks this man, who had been ill and waiting at the pool for THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS, “Do you want to be well” is incredible. Of course he wants to be well, to be healed… He’s been waiting thirty-eight years!
This Gospel is a good reminder for us that we need to bring our needs and petitions to the Lord. Yes, He knows what we need without us asking. He knows even before we ourselves know. But we need to turn to Him. To ask Him.
“I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.
I’m begging you to beg me…”
Our Lord feels the same way! He wants us to want Him! He wants us to turn to Him, to beg Him for what we need!
Someone introduced me to the following quote while I was in college, and I keep it in my Bible as a reminder that Jesus wants to spend time with me! He delights in me! I put a big ol’ smile on His face! And He wants to be my daddy. Which means I can and should ask Him for anything and everything I need.
“Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel. Go and find him when your strength and patience are giving out, when you feel lonely and helpless. Say to him: ‘You know well what is happening, my dear Jesus. I have only you. Come to my aid …’ And then go your way. And don’t worry about knowing how you are going to manage. It is enough to have told our good Lord. He has an excellent memory.”
-St. Jeanne Jugan (founder of the Little Sisters of the Poor)
Do you want to be well? Talk to the Lord about it. He’s waiting for you to ask Him for whatever it is that you need.
-Katie DiFato is the Pastoral Assistant at Blessed Sacrament Church in Savannah, GA. If you’ve been reading her posts here, you may have noticed that she likes music. Most things that happen throughout the day bring a song to her head. Sometimes… she wishes life was a musical. Now wouldn’t that be something?!