March 18: Ember Friday in Lent


Today's Gospel is John 5:1-15 - Our Lord heals the paralytic at the healing pond of Bethesda (aka Probatica) in Jerusalem:

"After these things was a festival day of the Jews: and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered: waiting for the moving of the water.

4 And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.

5 And there was a certain man there that had been thirty-eight years under his infirmity. 6 When Jesus had seen him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time, he said to him: Will you be made whole? 7 The infirm man answered him: Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond. For whilst I am coming, another goes down before me.

8 Jesus said to him: Arise, take up your bed and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole: and he took up his bed and walked. And it was the sabbath that day.

10 The Jews therefore said to him that was healed: It is the sabbath. It is not lawful for you to take up your bed. 11 He answered them: He that made me whole, he said to me: Take up your bed and walk. 12 They asked him therefore: Who is that man who said to you: Take up your bed and walk? 13 But he who was healed knew not who it was: for Jesus went aside from the multitude standing in the place.

14 Afterwards, Jesus finds him in the temple and said to him: Behold you are made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to you. 15 The man went his way and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him whole."

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