Our Pool of Bethesda

John 5: 5-9

  • 5  One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
  • 6  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?”
  • 7  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.”
  • 8  Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
  • 9  Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.

While we were on of Pilgrimage to the Holy Land one of our stops Wednesday morning, May 29th was at the Pool of Bethesda.  While we were there, I offered up prayers for for two young men from Queen of Peace. As I wrote their names on a piece of paper and placed it beside the pool remains, I offered prayers for them and their families.

The Pool of Bethesda is now overgrown, laying in ruins, and the water is no longer stirred up, but our prayers remain as part of the landscape. Prayers offered here have a lot of meaning to both the person the prayer is being offered up for and the person offering the prayer.

Pool of Bethesda

On further reflection I realized that each of us has a Pool of Bethesda in our lives.  Our pools become overgrown with anxiety, worry, and concerns of everyday life. It seems as if someone always gets there before us.

However, when we trust in Jesus, the pool that Jesus offers is ever flowing and is always stirred up. We should be looking for Jesus to come into our lives and stir up our pool.