MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Matthew 9:1-8
And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
WE read in the Gospel today, Jesus Christ says to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” To the cripple man brought to Jesus because of the faith of his friends, first of all he forgives the man his sins. By forgiving him, Jesus has done the unthinkable according to the mind of the Jews leaders.
Jesus’ forgiveness to the cripple makes the scribes regards this as blasphemy. Some of the scribes say to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” They understand that only God has authority to forgive sin. But Jesus Christ claims an authority which only God could rightfully give to forgive the sin.
And behold, Jesus Christ not only forgives the man his sin but also heals him. He 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. So Jesus says to the paralytic, “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rises and goes home happily.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we realize how sin cripples us more than any physical ailment can. There is only one solution, that is the healing power of Jesus’ forgiveness. So we worship him for he is ever ready to bring us healing of mind, body, and soul.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, your grace brings us freedom from the power of sins. Through your merciful love and forgiveness you bring healing and restoration to our body, mind, and soul. May your healing power and love touch our innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and memories. Enable us to forgive other as you have forgiven us now and forever. Amen.
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