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February 1987

 

the sun shone bright

that Sabbath day

down into

the courtyard of a pool

where a man and a man

were speaking

 

one standing

on healthy feet

one lying

on threadbare mats

 

two men

trading words

of some worth

two men

beneath the sun

alone

 

as he who stood

spoke

he who lay

stood

ran

wept and danced

and taking up his bed

went home

in joy

 

he who spoke

remained

 

other men regarded

he who spoke

with contempt

his rebuttal

of their belief

a gap too great to bridge

 

and seeing this

with clay made eyes

saw only a shattered law

and not the law now written

 

could they have seen

what a procession

would have danced

to the home of he who sang

 


 

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades.  In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.

 

So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

 

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:1-18)

 


Each New Day A Miracle
Copyright Peter Rhebergen
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