NATIONAL LAMPOON’S GOSPEL VACATION
THE POOL OF BETHESDA
July 5, 2015
There’s nothing that screams summertime more than cannonballing into a backyard pool on a sweltering July afternoon!
Pools have certainly evolved over the years, though. Now you can have something called an “Endless” pool installed in your home. It’s essentially an over-sized bathtub that functions as an aquatic treadmill—you swim against the current to get your workout.
And then there’s the Flowrider—the indoor surfing pool at Massanutten Water Park. It actually creates waves that you can ride on a surfboard. I’ve thought about taking my kayak there—they have lifeguards!
And if you’re willing to hop on a plane to the southern hemisphere for a quick vacation, you can visit the largest pool in the world at the San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Algarrobo, Chile. It is ¾ mile long, covering some 20 acres, and holds 250 million gallons of seawater pumped in from the Pacific Ocean! It cost $2 billion to build and requires $4 million per year to maintain it!
This morning, as we continue our Gospel Vacation visiting places and spaces around the Holy Land that Jesus makes famous with his presence and actions, we are going to spend some time at a truly unique and spectacular pool located in the heart of Jerusalem right next to the Temple. It’s known as Bethesda. It has an interesting trapezoidal shape, and is some 220 ft. wide by 315 ft. long, with a partition in the middle and surrounded by ornate colonnades.
John’s gospel describes a most fascinating encounter that takes place there: