Posted by: livingscripture | July 1, 2010

Thirteenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…Rise!

Matthew 9: 6

How should we live this Word

 Jesus came to his own town of Capharnum.  A paralytic was brought to Him, lying on a stretcher.  Seeing the faith of the paralytic and of his friends, Jesus said, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”  This stuns the Scribes who are present and they begin to murmur among themselves saying that Jesus is blaspheming.  Only God can forgive sins.  Only God knows the thoughts of the heart.  At this moment, they themselves are sinning against Jesus by not recognizing Him as God’s merciful Love, a love that justifies, absolves, and forgives.

 In order to confirm His words, Jesus heals the man not only of his sins but also of his infirmity.  “Rise!”  The crowd thanks God for having given such authority to men.  In fact, the Son of Man came to bring God’s forgiveness to humanity and to make it circulate among us as the gift of reconciliation. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, with the Holy Spirit’s help, I will seek to deepen the meaning of the forgiveness I receive from the Father.  It is truly a tremendous gift that reconciles me with Him and with my sisters and brothers.  It is a gift that allows me to live in the freedom of new life.

 Lord Jesus, I thank for the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation.  Grant me the courage to value this encounter with You, with Your merciful Heart.  I ask You to help me to be ready always to offer the gift of forgiveness to others.

 The voice of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, holy Bishop

 Now is the time of conversion.  Confess what you have committed in word, in action whether of night or of day.  Be converted in this favorable time and in the day of salvation, you will gather celestial treasures.  If you have something against someone, forgive.  If someone comes to receive forgiveness of their sins, it is necessary that you too forgive those who have sinned.

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