They cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses

Last Sunday was the Sunday of the Paralysed Man.

SIR, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

See John 5:1-9.

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An icon of the healing of the paralysed man at the Sheep Pool (John 5:1-9)

The healing of the paralysed man at the Sheep Pool

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LET us be ashamed then, beloved, let us be ashamed, and groan over our excessive sloth.

“Thirty and eight years” had that man been waiting without obtaining what he desired, and withdrew not.

And he had failed not through any carelessness of his own, but through being oppressed and suffering violence from others, and not even thus did he grow dull; while we if we have persisted for ten days to pray for anything and have not obtained it, are too slothful afterwards to employ the same zeal.

St John Chrysostom, Homily XXXVI on St John’s Gospel (CCEL).

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OH that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

For he satisfieth the longing soul,
and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
being bound in affliction and iron;

Because they rebelled against the words of God,
and contemned the counsel of the most High:

Therefore he brought down their heart with labour;
they fell down, and there was none to help.

Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them out of their distresses.

He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and brake their bands in sunder.

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,
and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 106(107):8-15 (KJV).

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