Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”  John 5:5

Foreign to modern culture is  the concept of not working on the Sabbath, our Sunday.  Jesus, by Jewish law, is prohibited from healing. Likewise, the one healed may not, in this case,  pick up his mat and walk.  Trouble is brewing for Jesus in this gospel story as we lead into the final weeks of Lent. Healing and being healed, miraculous events, pave the way to suffering, death and, let’s not forget, resurrection.