Today’s Gospel Reading: John 5:17-30 – FOURTH WEEK OF LENT: Wednesday, 14 March 2018
The Lord gives a sermon after the healing of the crippled man at Bethesda. He speaks about His closeness to the Father and asserts that the Genesis Sabbath did not signify the termination of God’s work. The Father continues the work of creation through the Son. As with Judah, the ministry of Jesus showed that God was not finished with the world. We can apply this to ourselves. Spiritual growth should not be interpreted as though at some point in the past we had reached a perfect state, the outer limit of our spiritual growth, then fell away and have been trying ever since to return to that moment. Just as our emotional and psychological development do not end at the age of “maturity” so our spiritual life continues to mature as well. The growing pains, crises and periods of spiritual exile we endure all indicate that the Lord is not finished with us. That will happen only on the day we die. Until then, we experience the shaping, molding, growing and deepening.
We cannot stop the changes of our life. The issue is whether we will allow God to shape us through those changes.
Jakarta, 14 March 2018
A Christian Pilgrim