March 13, 2018 Tuesday (Week IV of Lent)
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; Psalm 46; John 5:1-16
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool…” John 5:7
The man at the pool of Bethesda had no one to put him into the water. Then Jesus came, sent by the
Father. The Father also sends Jesus to us.
The day our parents lowered us into the waters of Baptism, Jesus was acting with them, in them, and through them. The Son was sent by the Father to baptize us with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8l). The Father and Son together sent the Spirit. We can walk in the way of Truth and Goodness because all Three Persons of the Holy Trinity bring us to life.
Now, with Jesus, the Father sends us—“in Christ,” and in the “power of the Spirit”—to give life to the world.
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you… You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth” (John 20:21; Acts 1:8).
The Father’s love is at the bottom of it all. Jesus said:
“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you,” and
“As I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34; 15:9).
First accept, then show the love of Father, Son, and Spirit to the world.
ACTION: Practice seeing every one as your brother, sister, to whom you are sent by the Father.
PRAYER: “Here am I, Lord. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).