Posted by: livingscripture | January 16, 2015

First Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“That you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth – he said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home’.”

(Mark 2: 10-11)

 How should we live this Wordparalytic

We should also observe that Jesus gives the man the ability to walk again but does not exempt him from the fatigue of taking his bed and bringing it home.  Understanding the Lord’s pedagogy is important.  Even in regard to us, He never cultivates a faith that takes away our responsibility to accomplish the good we can do, that we must do!  Of course we rely on His help, but without excuses or delays.  This is what makes us His collaborators in the progress of creation in the times we are living.The power of these words reveals the person of Jesus, of his divinity healing not only the man’s paralyzed legs, but that He has come above all to heal him entirely, to heal him of the greatest paralysis – sin.  This is so unique and incredible that it scandalizes some of the Scribes present.  This is where they hide their hatred for Christ, in their incredulity.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will deeply ponder this aspect.

Lord, take from me the paralysis of sin.  Heal me from its manifestations in laziness, negligence, little or great dishonesty in fulfilling my duties, apathy, egoism, vanity.  Increase my sense of responsibility, but always for love of You. 

The Voice of St. Peter Chrysologus, Church Father 

Brethren, it would be good if we would all take account of the paralysis of our spirit.  We would see our soul despoiled of virtue, lying on a bed of vices.  It would be clear to us that Christ, as He daily sees our evil desires, attracts us and calls us, even if we are reluctant, to salutary remedies.

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