To Be Well
As we make our way between Easter and Pentecost, we continue exploring the real implications of Jesus' resurrection. One is the extension of Jesus' power to heal. In the service today we hear the story in John 5 of Jesus healing a man who had been sick (we think paralyzed) for 38 years. He begins by asking the man, "Do you want to be well?" That's a penetrating and unexpected question! How might we answer when Jesus asks us the same?
Texts: John 5:1-9, Revelation 21:10, 22-27, 22:1-5
Notes from the Preacher:
In the sermon I mentioned this article from Debie Thomas at "Journey With Jesus." I paraphrased one line in particular, but I don't think I made clear in the sermon that her whole article really gave shape to my sermon. I apologize for not making that more explicit. In particular, that Jesus continues to ask us, "Do you want to be made well," repeatedly, frequently, and often; that his offer always stands and is always available. I am also indebted to Rev. Molly Douthett for finding this article, which is also included in our podcast for this week.
Another article Molly found that you might find interesting is this from Angela Askew at episcopalchurch.org. It applies to the whole set of lectionary readings for this liturgical week but was written in 2004. Still good material, though. No expiration date.