Rise and Walk

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” John 5:8

Saint Bede: “‘Rise’ means shake off the sluggishness of the vices in which you have been ailing for a long time, and rouse yourself to the practise of virtues….‘Rise’ by doing good works.”

Saint Bede: “‘Take up thy bed’ means lovingly carry your neighbor, patiently tolerating his weaknesses, since he patiently put up with you for a long time when you were weighed down by the burden of temptations. ‘Keep on bearing one another’s burdens, and thus fill up the law of the Christ [Gal. 6:2].’…So leave behind your earlier sins, and come to the aid of your brothers’ needs.”

“‘Walk’ means to love God with your whole heart, soul and strength [cf. Mk. 12:30], so that you may be worthy to reach the vision of Him. Go forward by making daily strides of good works from virtue to virtue. Do not desert your brother,…nor turn aside from the right direction of your path….In everything  you do, see to it that you do not fix your mind upon this world, but that you hurry to see the face of your Redeemer.”
Orthodox New Testament, Volume I, p. 494.

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