Posted by: livingscripture | December 7, 2015

Second Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed: they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.  But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘As for you, your sins are forgiven’.”     

(Luke 5: 18-20)

How should we live this Wordparalytic

 Paralysis is a word that indicates powerlessness.  It means that all is at a standstill because the commands that come from the brain no longer arrive at the arms or legs.  Desperation ensues for it is a harsh trial.  One must depend on others; they cannot move.  Life changes radically because there is need of others for everything and often incomprehension isolates the person in dark solitude.

The man we meet today in the Gospel is at this point.  However, he is fortunate because he has real friends who do not leave him alone, and he allows himself to be helped.  Their affection for him is so great that they carry him to Jesus.  Jesus does not delude the faith of the friends or of the man but teaches everyone and us as well, to go more deeply and not stop at appearances.  He shows that there is a more lacerating paralysis than the physical one, that of the soul; and He forgives the man’s sins.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to forgive my spiritual paralysis so that I may be free to love Him and everyone else.

Lord, help me in this Year of Mercy, that I may recognize my spiritual paralysis and my absolute need of You, of Your forgiveness.  Help me to find friends and to be a friend so we can reciprocally bring each other to You, the only One who can cure us fully!

 The Voice of St. Ambrose

 SIN IS A PARALYSIS.  Sin can also be compared to a paralysis.  In fact, paralysis ties the stricken members of a person; sin chains the soul.  Paralysis impedes movement of nerves and muscles; sin puts obstacles in the way of grace and of the will.  Paralysis is the consequence of apoplexy; the immobility of the soul in sin is the consequence of the fall into sin that we can call the apoplexy of the soul.  Through paralysis, the body becomes a dead weight; in sin, the soul is under a weight that oppresses it.  Paralysis is an almost incurable sickness and sin reduces the soul so that it cannot be cured due to its bad will, its sin, its obstinacy in being unwilling to correct itself and therefore, is deprived of grace.

 

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