Today’s sacred space.
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalidsâ€”blind, lame, and paralysed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, â€˜Do you want to be made well?â€™ The sick man answered him, â€˜Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.â€™ Jesus said to him, â€˜Stand up, take your mat and walk.â€™ At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Passivity, holding back. Alternative solutions. Other ways.
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