May 10, 1998. Fourth Sunday after Pascha: the Paralyzed Man
The Word of the Lord: Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15.
Meditation on the Lord's Word: RISE AND MAKE YOUR BED.
In today's Epistle we read about the healing of a man called Aeneas who had lain paralyzed for eight years. Peter told him: "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed".
Lets hear these words. They hold an important lesson for our spiritual life. By accepting us as His adopted children in Jesus, our Lord, (we are all His children by virtue of being created by Him as well), our Almighty Father gave us an extraordinary privilege. Jesus put it this way: " Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:13-14).
What a promise! Peter restored Aeneas' ability to walk and to make his own bed by using this treasure which we have all inherited from our Lord. And Jesus honoured his faith with the healing that he requested. But He also asked something of Aeneas in return.
Peter and His Master, Jesus, asked Aeneas to do something to express his faith that he had received God's gift. Aeneas had to make his bed. Until that time he had not been able to. From now on everything would be different. He would do everything like that for himself. But he had to start right away.
Have we asked Jesus for something as well? It is quite possible that He has already given it to us! Lets act in faith. Let us proceed as though we already have what we asked for and see what happens. Lets not let our fear and our laziness keep us from enjoying the Lord's bounty. Let us rise up and make our own bed!
Ihor George Kutash, Priest