Apr 10, 2021
▪️ “When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?””
🛑 before us, receive much when he reads the passage comfort?
Since this man who had been
paralytic for thirty and eight years,
and who saw each year others delivered, and himself bound by his disease,
not even so fell back and despaired, though in truth not merely despondency for the past,
but also hopelessness for the future, was sufficient to over-strain him.
Hear now what he says, and learn the greatness of his sufferings.
For when Christ had said, Will you be made whole?
Yea, Lord, he says, but I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool.
What can be more pitiable than these words?
What more sad than these circumstances?
Do you see a heart crushed through long sickness?
Do you see all violence subdued?
He uttered no blasphemous word, nor such as we hear the many use in reverses,
he cursed not his day, he was not angry at the question,
nor did he say, Have You come to make a mock and a jest of us,
that Thou asks whether I desire to be made whole?
but replied gently, and with great mildness, Yea, Lord; yet he knew not who it was that asked him,
nor that He would heal him, but still he mildly relates all the circumstances and asks nothing further,
as though he were speaking to a physician, and desired merely to tell the story of his sufferings. Perhaps he hoped that Christ might be so far useful to him as to put him into the water,
and desired to attract Him by these words. What then says Jesus?
St. John Chrysostom