There is glaring difference between an observer and a participant. This reality can be gleaned in today’s gospel (Jn. 5:1-3, 5-16). The observers who saw Jesus and His healing work not only refused to believe in Him, they also never had anything positive to say. Their disconnect from Him was evidenced by their disheartening words and destructive attitudes. But the participant, the man who was healed because he trusted in the power of Jesus, did not waste his time on negative comments. He was only too happy that Jesus drew close to him and cured him. Perhaps we can ask ourselves an important question, “Are our words and attitudes reflective of our distance or closeness to the Lord?” The distant observer is judgmental and disingenuous. The participant who feels the touch of the Lord takes the ‘high road’. Lord Jesus, may Your healing touch influence my words, attitudes and actions, so that Your love may shine through me. Amen.