We are all broken

Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6) Jesus asked this question of a man who had been ill for 38 years. When the man responded yes, Jesus simply said “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” What is striking about this passage is the notable difference with other healings that Jesus performed. In the normal course of events, someone who was in need of healing approached Jesus with the belief that he could heal them and Jesus in turn responded because of their faith in him. In this case, Jesus approaches the man uninvited and asks if he wants to be healed.

Healing the sick

Healing the sick

We are all in need of healing in some form or another but how we answer the question is a crucial element to the healing process; we must answer the question before healing can begin.

Earlier this week I saw a short video where two distinct groups of people were interviewed, a group of men waiting in line at a welfare office and a group of men who voiced quite disgusting racial bigotry. While each group was distinctly different from the other, they shared a common response to the question posed by Jesus.

The interviewer asked men who were entering a welfare office several questions. The first was “Are you trying to find a job?” to which the answer was unanimously “No.” They were there to get “free money.” Another question was “Do you have any children?” to which one man responded “5 children from 4 baby mommas.”

The interviewer asked the other group of men questions pertaining to the President. I won’t repeat their responses as they were disgusting and vile with serious racial overtones.

Both groups were in need of the healing power of Jesus but they didn’t see themselves in that light. They saw nothing wrong with their attitudes and beliefs.

While most of us do not share the attitudes and beliefs that these groups of men hold, we are all broken in some way. We need to recognize our failings, our sins, and our faults. We need to ask ourselves the question “Do I want to be well?” and then say “Yes!” to Jesus. You cannot be healed unless you wish to be.

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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