A misconception is always curable

In the fifth chapter of John's Gospel there is a meaningful account of Jesus' healing of a man who had suffered from an infirmity for thirty-eight years. A great number of sick, disabled, and blind people were in the habit of lying in the five porches that gave access to the pool of Bethesda to wait for the "troubling" of the water. For they believed the water would cure whoever managed to get in first after it was disturbed. Because of his infirmity the poor man had never succeeded in being first in, and it was in this sad situation that Jesus came upon him.

To the Master's compassionate question, "Wilt thou be made whole?" the sick man explained that someone else always got into the pool before him. Scorning the long history of the man's condition and the superstitions associated with the pool, Jesus said, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." And the man did just that.

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July 10, 1978

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