DEAR my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Mark 2:1-12
And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them.
And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he said to the paralytic — “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”
And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel today tells us that when a cripple was brought to Jesus because of the faith of his friends, Jesus did the unthinkable. He first forgave the man his sins.
Jesus not only proves that his authority comes from God, he shows the great power of God’s redeeming love and mercy by healing the cripple of his physical ailment. He frees him from his burden of guilt and restored his body, not only physically, but spiritually as well.
Jesus Christ the Lord wants to save us sinners, shows himself to be God both by his knowledge of secrets and by the wonder of his actions. Alongside of healing the wounds of body and mind, he also forgives the sins of the spirits, removes the weakness of the flesh, and thus heals the whole person. It is a great thing to forgive people’s sins.
The Lord Jesus Christ is every ready to bring us healing of our bodies, souls, and minds. We may have any area in our lives that cripple us from walking in the freedom of Christ’s transforming love and forgiveness; let’s bring them to Jesus Christ in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist. He will heal them.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, we believe in your healing transforming power of forgiveness and merciful love. Set us free and transform our minds and hearts to be like your heart. Through your merciful love and forgiveness heal and restore our bodies, souls, and minds.
May your healing power and love touch our lives. Forgive our sins and transform us in the power of your Holy Spirit that we may walk confidently in your love, truth, and righteousness, now and forever. Amen
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