Saturday After the Epiphany, January 9

Text: John 5:1-15

Prayer pointers:

Focus on listening to the Lord and being grateful for His provision

Ask the Lord to help and make His presence known to all those with disability

The text points us to the third of seven miracles in John’s gospel-the healing of the paralytic at the pools of Bethesda. Grace and repentance are the cornerstones of this story. This was an old man, among probably hundreds of people at the pools, who had suffered for 38 years. He hoped each day to be healed by the waters, but was unable to get into the pools with no one to help him.

Jesus sees him and asks, “Do you want to get well?” The man doesn’t answer, but does as Jesus commands and gets up, picks up his mat and walks. This miracle is instantaneous yet the man doesn’t thank Jesus, he is so focused on what has happened to him. Jesus disappears into the crowd.

The Jewish leaders are more focused on the law than the miracle! They accuse the man of ‘working’ on the Sabbath (by carrying his mat) and he actually blames the Healer. When later Jesus sees the man at the temple courts, He tells him to stop sinning or suffer something worse; Jesus knew that this man was leading a sinful life and that without repenting and turning from his sins, he would suffer eternally. The apparently unrepentant man then reports back to the leaders that it was Jesus who healed him.

The grace of God can’t be separated from our need for repentance. Sin shall not have dominion over us because we are not under the law, but under grace (Romans 6:14). We all know that we cannot be perfect as Christ was - there is no merit on our part for God’s grace - but we can repent and ask forgiveness, starting each day anew by listening to God and keeping our focus on Him.

~ Barb Tippin,

Lay Minister of Mutual Care


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Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

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Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.