God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.


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The gospel today tells us that this man, lying by the pool, had lost the use of his limbs thirty-eight years before. Christ singled him out from the rest. Those, who have been ill or disabled for a long time long, may be comforted by the fact that God does, indeed, keep account of just how long they have suffered. When God heals our spiritual and physical diseases, we should take up whatever He lays upon us and walk before Him. And just as we should be thankful, so we should be patient!

There is something much worse than being sick for thirty-eight years. There is something much worse than Job’s sufferings of going bankrupt, suffering the tragic deaths of his ten children, and becoming seriously ill. There is something much worse than the greatest of calamities.

The worst thing that can happen to a human being is the second death, hell, which is everlasting damnation and alienation from God. However, the Lord wants all to be saved. He wants everyone in heaven and no one in hell. For love of us, God even became a human being and died on the cross so that all could live forever with Him in infinite love. The Lord has done everything necessary to give us the best and save us from the worst

Today’s Responsorial Psalm is reassuring for us, telling us that we are not alone.

“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.”

No matter what your situation right now, remember that you have a refuge. There is Someone to Whom you can go for help. And if you feel weak, remember that God is our strength.
No matter what kind of fear or distress you are feeling, remember that God is always there for you.

Perhaps right now you can’t feel Him, but He is there. Perhaps right now you don’t feel you need Him, but He is there. Perhaps right now you don’t really care, but He cares. And He is there.

So . . . be at peace. Stay strong. Lean on the Lord your God for strength today.
He is at your side. Holding you. Helping you. Caring for you. Loving you.

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