Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:
From this month's offering:
Gospel of John: The Healing Waters of Pentecost
The Jews Persecute The Man Made Whole ( John 5:10-15)
10 Therefore the Jews said to the healed man, "It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to take up your bed." 11 But he answered and said to them, "He who made me healthy said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'" 12 They answered him, "Who is the man who said to you, "Take up your bed and walk?" 13 The healed man did not know who it was, for Jesus withdrew from the multitude in that place.
1. Imagine the cruel hearts of the Jews desiring to condemn a man paralyzed, with little hope, for thirty-eight years. Yet now healed of the sickness of the fleshly body, they choose not to celebrate. Instead they accused him of breaking the Sabbath. Why? Because by taking up his bed, joying in being able to walk, he had done work on the Lord's Day. From their legalistic view, forgetting the compassion of the Lord, this action was in open violation against the commandment regarding the Sabbath Day: "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy (to the Lord). Six days man shall labor and do all their work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath, in honor of the Lord your God (the I AM). In it you shall do no work: neither you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, and your stranger who sojourns with you. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them, and rested on the seventh day (in contemplation of the Lord and His workings). Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath Day and hallowed this."(its purpose and purposing, and in His Name)