Reflection of the Day:
I am not sure that the adage, “the path to hell is paved with good intentions” is accurate. God is pretty good at reading our hearts, and, if they are in the right place, I think we are in good shape with God. Having said that: good intentions need to be reflected in good actions that put those intentions into practice. This requires the discipline to do so; to not get distracted by whatever is our excuse this time. Lent is the perfect opportunity to undertake some sacrifice that gets us out of our own way to get us more in tune with God and others.
Think of your most long-standing and hard to change behavior. Try to figure out how not to do it for one day only – today.
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There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there
and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up;
while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked