Posted by: livingscripture | January 15, 2010

First Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth…I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.

                                              Mark 2: 10

 

How should we live this Word

 Who is Jesus and where does His authority come from?  While Jesus is proclaiming the Word, surrounded by a thick crowd, from the roof, four men succeed to lower a paralytic before Him.  Seeing their faith, Jesus says to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” 

 Obviously for the Scribes among the crowd, Jesus is blaspheming because He takes upon Himself an action that belongs to God alone.  Aware of their perplexity Jesus asks, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?  It is a challenge to the personal faith of those present.  It is a challenge for us as well.  This miracle is the confirmation of the truth of His words.  He is the Son of Man, a messianic title, and His power comes from the One who alone has the authority to forgive sins, God.

 The significance of His action is grasped by the spectators and all were astounded and glorified God saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank the Lord for the gift of forgiveness.  Sometimes I am like the paralytic, impotent and caught in the bonds of sin.  My pride and egoism convince me that I have really done nothing wrong.  Yet, I want to do good! 

 Lord, grant me the joy of feeling Your words in the depths of my heart, “Your sins have been forgiven.”  Thank You Lord!

The voice of Benoite Standaert

 History is the time of mercy, of patience, of forgiveness, and of reconciliation.

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