Today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 5:1-16) recounts the miraculous healing by Jesus of a man who had been an invalid for 38 years.  In John 9:1-41, another miraculous healing of a man born blind is recounted.   Read separately they are, like all parts of the Gospel, full of meaning and blessing; read together, they offer special insights into how important it is to respond in faith to Christ working in our lives.

These two healing accounts share some similarities:

But there are some differences:

Jesus, full of Divine Mercy, heals both men, giving His Grace equally to two men, even the invalid who Christ may know will not be grateful.  Never the less, Jesus offers the worst of sinners blessings in their lives and the potential to “say yes” to Him. Jesus is the God of Divine Mercy.

The Apostle John, ever guided by the Holy Spirit, has recalled these two historical events and portrayed them in a way to give each person though the ages models of how to respond to Grace.  John shows the two basic tracks:

Our response to Grace will have very different consequences:  The path of the ingrate will lead them over a cliff to something worse than death; the path of the grateful who repent and believe in Jesus Christ will lead to salvation.

Pray that we all are on the right track.