The Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent is taken from St John's Gospel, and is that passage where our Lord heals the man who has sat by the pool of Bethesda for 38 years. In this short homily, Father Peter Farrington considers how we are often convinced that we know how we need God to act for us, but he appears in our lives and asks us simply to act in faith and obediece, working out our salvation according to his purposes which are beyond what we expect or imagine.
Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent
Our Christian lives are prevented from receiving answers for our prayers by wrong doctrines. For more and less than 38 years of being held in ignorance of the correct Biblical doctrines, let us release ourselves.
Fr. Peter through this Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent offers us the opportunity to release ourselves of the burden of the incorrect understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ, i.e., the wrong Christian doctrines.
It is the wrong interpretation of the Scriptures by the various denominations, which is but a blind repetition of the heresies of Aryanism, Nestorianism and Eutychianism; which is the burden of Christianity. This is wonderfully explained by Fr. Peter Farrington in the February 2012 podcast An Introduction to Orthodox Christology .
We Christians are like the man who has sat by the pool of Bethesda for 38 years, incapacitated from seeing the Lord standing before us by the heresies of Aryanism, Nestorianism and Eutychianism in various new forms.
I think if we can cleanse ourselves of these errors, then we can experience the Lord Jesus Christ- ‘appears in our lives and asks us simply to act in faith and obedience, working out our salvation according to his purposes which are beyond what we expect or imagine’.
Swapna E. M