Presentation Ministries
View Cart  ·  Make a Donation  ·  About PM  ·  Contact Us   
Search: PM Catholic Sites   
 Home 
One Bread
One Body
Daily Bread
Radio
Small Christian
Communities
Publications
Audio & Video
Catalog
Retreats
Bible
Institute
Guadalupe
Bible College
 Prayer 
Room

One Bread, One Body

Language: English | Español

All Issues > Volume 24, Issue 2


<< Tuesday, March 4, 2008 >> St. Casimir
 
Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12
View Readings
Psalm 46 John 5:1-16
Similar Reflections
 

GO OUT INTO THE DEEP

 
"Do you want to be healed?" —John 5:6
 

Jesus didn't ask the sick man: "Do you want to be sick?" The sick man, and most people, would answer with a resounding "No." Jesus asked him, and asks us, "Do you want to be healed?" (Jn 5:6) The sick man didn't answer "Yes." Perhaps he wanted to be rid of his sickness, but didn't want to change the lifestyle of limitations and sin (Jn 5:14) that he'd built around his sickness. He had a soul sickness as well as a physical sickness.

It's not in Jesus' nature to do a half-healing. He won't limit Himself to only heal what's causing you the most pain. In addition to healing your knee, He'll also insist on healing your relationship with your father. You go into Jesus' emergency room to be healed of high blood pressure, and He first talks about healing you of unforgiveness toward someone who hurt you "thirty-eight years" ago (Jn 5:5). You want to stick your toe into healing water (Jn 5:2ff), and Jesus wants to sweep you away in His healing river of life (Ez 47:5, 12), to baptize, to immerse you.

Jesus stands at your door (see Rv 3:20) and asks you: "Do you want to be healed? Do you want overflowing, abundant life? (Jn 10:10) Whatever is lifeless in you, I will make fresh and new (Ez 47:9). In My healing, I will heal you and free you of spending your life hidden beneath the shroud of sickness, depression, anxiety, and fear of death (Heb 2:15). I will heal you for evangelization, and give you the power to witness to Me and pierce hearts by speaking My prophetic word. I will make you a light for the world (Mt 5:14). Answer, My child! Do you want to be healed?"

 
Prayer: Jesus, I choose to live my Baptism to the fullest. Immerse me anew in the living water of the Holy Spirit (Jn 7:37-39).
Promise: "There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God." —Ps 46:5
Praise: St. Casimir renounced his chances for a worldly life of power and marriage to live a life of celibacy and austerity.
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2008 through March 31, 2008.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 14, 2007.
 
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
Volume 24, Issue 2
  > Today's Reflection
  · List of Reflections
  · Letter to Readers
  · Top 100 Scriptures
  · XML / RSS Feed
  · eBook Edition
 
Subscription Requests
  · Subscribe, change, renew or cancel subscription
  · Sign-up for OBOB daily e-mail
 
Share OBOB
  · Send a sample issue to a friend
  · Order a box of OBOB for your group
  · E-mail a sample OBOB teaching to a friend

 

 

 
Home   ·   One Bread
One Body
  ·   Daily Bread
Radio
  ·   Small Christian
Communities
  ·   Publications   ·   Audio & Video
Catalog
  ·   Retreats   ·   Bible
Institute
  ·   Guadalupe
Bible College
  ·   Prayer
Room
 

Copyright © 2016 Presentation Ministries.
 
Make a Donation · About PM · Contact Us · Link To Us · Privacy Policy