Homily ·Lent
By Archbishop Gomez
March 24, 2020

So my brothers and sisters, again the readings of today’s Mass are very appropriate to what we are going through in our world these days. In the first reading from the book of the Prophet Ezekiel, we have the beautiful picture of what the plan of God is for the world.1

Now the water comes and as the vision says at the end of today’s passage:  

Along both banks of the river
Fruit trees of every kind shall grow
Their leaves shall not fade nor their fruit fail.
Everyone shall bear fresh, fresh fruit
For they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food and their leaves for medicine.

God has a beautiful plan for our world, it’s just that sometimes we have to go through challenging times to really reflect on what is God’s plan for humanity and for the world.

But then the passage of the Gospel — it is a part of the Gospel that we know well — and in a sense, those words that Jesus speaks to the paralyzed man in today’s Gospel are words speak to us in a special way in this moment we are living in.

The question that Jesus asks the sick man in the Gospel: “Do you want to be well?”

I think in these days, we all could say to Jesus: “Yes, Lord, we want you to make us well.”

I think of those who are sick, as we were saying before, praying for them today. We ask Jesus in a special way to heal them and deliver them from their sickness.

But, again, I think it is important for all of us to understanding that we all want to be well. All of us. We all want our lives to go back to normal. We want to be able to get together with our friends and family. We want to go back to work, go back to school, to go back to church.

So today let us especially ask Jesus for that grace. To heal our world. Help us to end this pandemic and make us well. All of us.

But my brothers and sisters, we have to have that same faith of that paralyzed man, today. We need, as we do to believe that Jesus can heal us. Not only does he have the power to heal us, he also has the will — he wants to heal us.

So let’s reflect on that today — on how important it is for us to have that total trust in the love of God for each of us and the plan of God for humanity.

Finally, I think it is important to reflect on the other part of the passage of the Gospel when the man in the Gospel tells Jesus that he has no one to help him. He’s been there for a long time.

Sir,’ He says, talking to Jesus,  ‘I have no one to put me into the pool.”

And this I think is a call to each one of us.

Today, Jesus is calling us to follow his example and be there for the people who are sick. Because we all are called to be apostles and missionaries. As we know, to be a Christian is to be a missionary.

So what can we do for others? Obviously, we can pray for them. We can think about them first, even just the fact that we have to stay home — it means for us a challenge to understanding that we are doing it for the wellbeing of so many other people out there. It is a really personal call to each one of us.

So, today, we can also accompany our brothers and sisters through the internet and the digital continent — make phone calls, be present to people, especially our families and the people that are close to us.

So let’s ask Mary our Blessed Mother to intercede for us that we might never be indifferent to our mission, that we might seek out every one in our lives who are like that paralyzed man, and bring everyone to the living waters of new life in Jesus Christ.

1. Readings: Ez 47:1-9, 12; Jn 5:1-16.

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