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

A few years ago there was a popular novel called “Eat Pray Love” that challenged readers to describe the meaning of life in just three words.  Finding it difficult to think about the themes of my own life, I turned to the life of my Beloved Jesus for insight. In the gospel story of the man healed at the pool of Bethesda emerge three simple mandates of Christ: rise-take-walk. The message to me? Rise from pettiness, suffering, attachments, self-pity;  take the gifts, talents, graces  poured out so lavishly; walk into the world willing to put skin on God to those in need.