HOMILY FOR TUESDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF LENT YEAR B
HOMILY THEME: THE CONTROVERSIAL KING
BY: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent
( Day 28 of Lent)
In today’s Gospel Jesus cures a man who had been ill for thirty eight years. Jesus saw Him near the pool waiting for the water to stir up so he can jump in the water to be healed. The Jews believed that the first to jump will be healed. What complicated the situation was it happened on a Sabbath. Again, Jesus ran into controversy against the Pharisees.
Again, Jesus could not help but heal a suffering man. Jesus was a good Jew. He knew it was Sabbath and He knew the law on the Sabbath. But here is a man who had spent most of his life in pain. For Jesus, the welfare of a person, even on a Sabbath, takes priority. Jesus again exposes the wrong interpretation of the command to honor the Sabbath. A certain day maybe set apart to worship and respect. But an ailing person is more important. Curing the man did not mean Jesus violated the very commandment of His Father. He respects it as a good Jew. But the healing if a sick person could not wait. Remember, the law was made for man and not vice versa.
You can just imagine the feeling of this man. He was suffering for 38 years and here was a good chance to be healed through the pool. But he could not because of his sickness. The coming of Jesus was a welcome offer fo him. Even Sabbath would not stop him from availing of the cure from Jesus. For Jesus, it was an opportunity to show them that the power of healing is not in the water but in God. God uses media to express His power and challenges the faith of His people. But there is no better healing than directly be touched and then healed. The miracle He did here was to show the Jews where and how miracles happen. God reigns and is responsible for everything.