Saturday: 11th May, 2019
1st reading: Acts 9:31-42, Psalm 116
Gospel: John 6:60-69
Acts 9:34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
If we were to consider a Todo list, what activities could be found on the list of someone who had just been healed of a paralysis that had left them bedridden for 8 years? To Jump around? Go for a walk and a swim? Tree climbing? Even though we can think of a host of other adventurous pursuits, interestingly, when Peter pronounced healing to Aeneas, the first instruction following ‘get up’ was ‘make your bed’.
‘Making of beds’ is a task that requires a few minutes to complete, yet it is one many of us take for granted. After all, it is just ‘bedmaking’. The intention behind that instruction to Aeneas was to make him realise that he had now regained functioning of his body and was supposed to begin from a starting point. It was to tell him that he could not just jump into a state of hyperactivity and excitement, but to take one step at a time.
Often, we see some tasks as too simple for us to do, like the making a beds for someone with full body function. However, for a person like Aeneas who had been able to do this for eight years, that action carried deeper sense of purpose. Being, successful in making his bed would give him the confidence to take bigger steps and pursue tougher challenges with his new lease of life.
My dear, people like to be challenged and to have room to show off, but a ladder has multiple rungs for a reason. Don’t just skip the one after that on which you stand now because it could put your positioning in danger and impede your ascent. Learn to work your way patiently up the ladder of life taking a step at a time.