(Click on Hallelujah above) Right next to the biblical site of the Pool of Bethesda, stands this outstanding 12th century Crusader church. It is considered by some to be “the loveliest church in Jerusalem”. The Romanesque architecture enhances the sound of worship so beautifully. It is, according to legend, the crypt enshrines the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Joachim and Anne.
Our group was transported as we sang together, the joyful sound ringing in our midst, with the story of a joyful and miraculous healing very much in our hearts and souls, the healing of the man who had been ill for 38 years (John 5:1-13). It is a story of identity and desire. “Do you want to be healed?” asks Jesus. “Who is this man?” ask the religious leaders. Jesus comes to us today to ask the first question of us, and invites us to ask the second question for ourselves. Who is this man? Jesus demonstrates his answer with his compassion and his power. May it be so in our lives.
singing off – Father Wismer