The Gospel Reading is from John 5: 1-15 and from which this day commemorates the miracle of Christ healing a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years. The readings focus on God’s power to raise up those who are unable to walk. Faced with illness and other difficulties, we often rush to intercessory prayer, urging others to join us in our intention. We should always first unite ourselves prayerfully to the Father long enough to enter into his love and peacefully come to better understand his will and what is for the greater good.
On May 8th, we commemorate St. John. Saint John the Apostle, also called Saint John the Evangelist, the author of three letters, the Fourth Gospel, and the Revelation to John in the New Testament. He played a leading role in the early church at Jerusalem. John was the son of Zebedee, a Galilean fisherman, and Salome. John and his brother James were among the first disciples called by Jesus. Out of humility, not calling himself by name but nevertheless speaking of himself in the Gospel, he refers to himself as the disciple “whom Jesus loved.” The Lord showed this love of him when He was on the cross—He entrusted His Most Holy Mother to him saying: “Behold thy mother.”