Posted by: livingscripture | December 5, 2016

Second Monday of Advent



WORD of the DAY


And 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 on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.                            (Luke 5: 18)


How shall I live this Word?paralytic

Our paralyzed brother had to be brought to Jesus by others!  It is beautiful to see that we cannot be saved alone.  The paralytic’s friends take on the burden of his infirmity, of his paralysis, and they soil their hands to bring him to Jesus.  Their actions are very moving and they do not give up, even to the point of making an opening in the roof to let him down because the house was so crowded they could not get in.

These men must have already experienced Jesus’ power or seen His work and were impressed by it and believed their friend could also be cured.  They must have loved their friend very much to go to these lengths to help him.

Dear Jesus, grant that I too may be disposed to help those in need, to do anything to make others meet You.

The Voice of Pope Francis

No one is saved alone.  We are a community of believers, we are the People of God and in this community we experience the beauty of sharing the experience of a love that precedes all, but that also asks  us to be channels of grace for each other, notwithstanding our limitations and sins.  The community dimension is not only a frame or a side, but is an integral part of Christian life, of witness, and of evangelization .  (General Audience, January 15, 2014.


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Comment by Monica Gianoli, FMA







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