The True Savior is Jesus Christ. There is no other savior, let alone saviors. If we seek salvation, we must approach Jesus Christ, the Son sent by the Father to save. As the Savior, it is He who takes the initiative to heal, to heal the soul wounded by sin, to give new life and light to those who live in the darkness of the world and sin. The gesture of Jesus with the paralytic, who had not asked for anything, simply waited for his turn to enter the pool, he still in the same logic of the popular devotion of the bath in that pool, sharing the magical action understood by the majority present and the encouragement of the leaders of the time, it reveals very well how God does not depend on the logic of the world, but exclusively on His will for salvation. The paralytic did not even know who Jesus was, nor did he believe in Him, but he received the grace of physical and spiritual healing.
Jesus is not against the Sabbath, on the contrary, it gives it its true meaning of liberation from the human person. He removes from the shoulders of the faithful the heavy burden placed by Jewish leaders, the idea of servant-boss obedience. Furthermore, the absolute reason for the Sabbath is the Sonship of Jesus in relation to the Father. The Sabbath only makes sense in Jesus Christ, who makes it full on Resurrection Sunday. The Law and the prophets are aimed at the Son of God, so that the Jewish Sabbath turns to the Savior. You should no longer follow the Sabbath in the way the Jews did, because they still do not believe in the Son of God made flesh, but the teaching of Jesus, for it is He who delivers, who overcomes evil, who overcomes death and resurrects to give life in abundance. The Jewish Sabbath, of the first covenant, was completed on the Sunday of the resurrection of the one to whom all created reality is directed. The resurrection is the special determinant for Sunday to be, in fact, the special day of the New Covenant, as St. Paul says: “If Christ has not been raised, it is our faith” (1Cor 15:14). The Evangelists, knowing the importance of the Resurrection, emphasized the first day of the week, Sunday (cf. Mt 28,1; Mk 16,2; Lk 24,1; Jn 20,1,19). That is why, from an early age, Jesus' followers, understanding this truth, began their lives as new men and women, celebrating their Sunday faith, not as an aversion to the Sabbath, but as a day of the new and eternal covenant, fullness of the first covenant. In that sense, the Sabbath was not destroyed, but taken to an immensely more important level. Before the Sabbath was the rest of the Messiah's waiting; now it is Sunday, the beginning of the new man, through Christ, for the construction of the Kingdom of God in history until the end of the age. Jesus does not disobey the Father, he does not undo the Lord's will, on the contrary, he makes God visible in His Goodness, in His Justice and Truth. The problem at stake here is, in fact, the sonship of Jesus, the proclamation of His Lordship (He is the Lord of the Sabbath), as well as the purification of faith through Him, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life (Jn 14,6).
A strong and loving hug.
Father José Erinald