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Despite Consequences

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

“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.’” (John 5:5-7)


John’s Gospel tells the story of a man who had been ill for several years. No one would help this man into the pool, which was believed to cure people. Jesus recognized that this man had been ill, so Jesus instructed the man to take up his mat and walk. The man was made well. Jesus did this work on the Sabbath, which led to his persecution by the Jews.

Jesus cured the sick man, despite it being the Sabbath, knowing he would risk persecution by the Jews.


Lord, we ask for Your guidance as we take risks when we choose to do the right thing

despite the consequences we may face.

Give us courage and be our guide as we strive to always do Your will. Amen.


Dodie Derynck
Vice President, Avera Morningside Heights Care Center

EZEKIEL 47:1-9, 12 • PSALM 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 • JOHN 5:1-16

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