Voices ever ancient, ever new. Lent, Week 4: Tuesday

“After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.”” (John 5:14)

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus reflects on this verse from today’s Gospel, writes:

“Yesterday you were flung upon a bed, exhausted and paralyzed, and you had no one to put you into the pool when the water should be troubled. Today you have him who is in one person man and God, or rather God and man. You were raised up from your bed, or rather you took up your bed and publicly acknowledged the benefit. Do not again be thrown on your bed by sinning. But as you now are, so walk, mindful of the command. Sin no more lest a worse thing happen to you if you prove yourself to be evil after the blessing you have received.” [On Holy Baptism (Oration 40)]

May the venerable exercises of holy devotion
shape the hearts of Your faithful, O Lord,
to welcome worthily the Paschal Mystery
and proclaim the praises of Your salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!