Amanda Stoddard, C ‘14


"Rise, take up your mat, and walk."
John 5:11


Today’s Gospel focuses on Jesus who went to Jerusalem for a special feast day of the Jews. While in Jerusalem, Jesus encounters a man who has been lying ill by the pool at the Sheep Gate for 38 years. Jesus asks 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.” Then Jesus replies by telling him to pick up his mat and walk. The sick man stood up and walked away. Now later when other people saw him carrying his mat they said to him it was the Sabbath, and it unlawful to carry the mat. The man tried explaining someone cured him and told him to pick up his mat and walk. Jesus did find him later and told him not to sin anymore, for he was well. After the man told the Jews, they persecuted Jesus because he cured on a Sabbath.


Have you ever done something you know is the right thing to do, but people said you did the wrong thing? I know I have and being a volunteer EMT, I have had this situation multiple times and it never gets easier. The only way I get through it is if I know I did the right thing and I tried my hardest. Another way this could be handled is, if you think it is wrong, or you are double guessing your choice, talk to someone…a friend, priest, spiritual director, or Jesus. He is always with you; you are never alone.


Lord, please give me the grace and the faith to make the right choices in my life. Give me love to spread to the people I help. Amen.

Ez 47: 1-9,12, Ps 46: 2-3, 5-6, 8-9; Jn 5: 1-16