St. Mary's Catholic Federation

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

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Spirituality

Weekly Reflection

 Presence

Dear Lord as I come to you today, fill my heart and my whole being with the wonder of Your presence.

Freedom

It is so easy to get caught up with the trappings of wealth in this life.
Grant, O Lord, that I may be free from greed and selfishness.
Remind me that the best things in life are free.
Love, laughter, caring and sharing.

Consciousness

We all need to take time out from our daily chores. We know that our bodies need a rest. When we come into your presence, Lord, our hearts and minds are refreshed, our spirits lifted.

 The Word of God   John 5:1-16

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ 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.

Now that day was a Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” ’ They asked him, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the Sabbath.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • The ailments that many of the people around the pool suffered from are the same ones that we Christians often suffer from:

Blindness - we cannot see where Jesus is leading us or where we should go in life;

Lameness and paralysis - we can see but have difficulty walking or even moving along Christ’s Way.

During this Lenten season let us hear Jesus asking us the question he puts to the man: “Do you want to be well again? Do you want to be made whole again?”

  • The legalists step in and question Jesus’ right to cure someone on the Sabbath – completely missing the point that the wonder of it is that he can do it at all! It is easy to lose our sense of proportion about things. At the heart of everything should be a relationship with Jesus Christ, even if sometimes our observances may not be “perfect”.
  •    Are there sick people in your family, among your friends? Bring them one by one, before the Lord asking him to do what is best for them. Maybe you are worried about your own health? Tell the Lord of your anxieties and leave them with him. “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). This is the third of Jesus’ seven signs – again bringing life and wholeness. Let us ask him to do the same for us.

Conversation

God’s Word is always fruitful. How is it touching me now as I reflect on what I have just prayed? Do I feel comforted? Do I feel challenged?

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Pope's Prayer Intention for 2019

Pope Francis has a monthly prayer intention for each month, each with a short video.

This month's intention is:  

 APRIL

 Universal – Workers in War Zones
For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

Please click on the link to view the monthly prayer intention: https://daily-prayers.org/popes-monthly-intentions/pope-francis-2019-monthly-intentions/