Posted by: fvbcdm | March 20, 2012

Feast of Saint Anastasius (20 Mar 2012)

In the gospel for today’s Mass, we have the episode involving a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years, and all that time, hoped for a cure at a miraculous spring in Jerusalem.  

Our Lord showed up there one day, asked him if he wanted to be cured, and of course, he did.  So Our Lord cured him instantly and sent him on his way, carrying the mat that had had lain on for so long.  Now let us remember that Jesus was himself just about 30 or 32 years old.  Thus, the crippled man had been waiting there at the pool of Siloam longer than Jesus had been alive.  And it is highly likely that Our Lord came to the Holy City every year from about the time of his twelfth birthday, when a Jewish boy was considered to become a man and thus assume the obligations of the Mosaic law, including that of coming to the Temple three times a year.  That being the case, Our Lord surely knew that that man, whose name we don’t know, was there at the pool hoping for a cure.  But Our Lord waited until then to cure him.  Why?

There is a saying in old English: “God’s will hath no why.”  Or, there is no clear explanation available to us of the things that God does, including all the circumstances that surround them.  We do not read of the cured man questioning Christ: “Why didn’t you come and heal me sooner?  Why have you waited so long?”  That would certainly have been ungracious, ungrateful, and churlish.  We don’t look gift horses in the mouth, another old saying goes.

When things happen to us that are not favorable, it is so easy to blame God.  Hurricanes, floods, forest fires, illness, death, etc.  Are they God’s fault?  Could God not have prevented them had he wanted to?  Of course. When Our Lady stood at the foot of the cross, sharing in the sufferings of her divine Son, did she demand an explanation.  “Why didn’t you do something to prevent this?  Or why don’t you do something to stop it now?” No; that would not have been in character with the Mother of our Savior—of her who said years before: be it done to me according to your word.  THERE is the character of Our Lady.  Let us welcome into our lives the holy will of God rather than criticize and question it.  As the great poet Dante says: In His will is our peace. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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