How are you a miracle worker in your everyday life? I have often heard the acronym "W.W.J.D", what would Jesus do. I'm sure every one of us grew up hearing this or have come to know it in our lives, but do we truly know and recognize what it means to do what Jesus did? As a child growing up, I always thought that this phrase meant to be kind and help other people, to be a good example. However, through studying more about Catholicism and the living person of Jesus, there is so much more that one must consider.
As part of humanity, we are given freedom, and free choice, as given to us through the love of God, so to make the choice to be good, God-seeking moral people. As Jesus was born human, he was also given this freedom, the choice to live a modern, normal life, or to become a public figure who spoke out about the goodness of God, to become a present sign of God's grace for the world, specifically through his ministry, death, and resurrection. Jesus takes a step and becomes an active sign of God's love for us, and calls his disciples to be active, to go out and become living representations of faith. To do what Jesus did then, for us, would mean being active in the world and participate in every possible way towards bringing others to faith.
Today's Gospel states:'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 Hebrew called Beth-za'tha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, `Take up your pallet, and walk.'" They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, `Take up your pallet, 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 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place.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 befall you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath' (John 5:1-16).
Jesus tells this man to get up and walk, even though the Jews saw it as wrong to heal on the Sabbath. He took action and through his faith and grace given from God, he helped a man to walk again, despite the views of what is 'proper' and 'normal' in society. Being a true person of faith means to go beyond what we perceive to be normal and possible, but to take a leap of faith and lay everything in God's hands. So, what would Jesus do, and what should you do?
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic online', a prayer for becoming more like Jesus:
God, our Father, You redeemed us and made us Your children in Christ. Through Him You have saved us from death and given us Your Divine life of grace. By becoming more like Jesus on earth, may I come to share His glory in Heaven. Give me the peace of Your kingdom, which this world does not give. By Your loving care protect the good You have given me. Open my eyes to the wonders of Your Love that I may serve You with a willing heart. Amen.