Monday 2 November 2015

Friday of 1st Week, uneven numbered year Vendredi dd la 1e semaine, année imapire

Jesus, seeing the crowd, said to the paralytic ’My child, your sins are forgiven."

He 4,1…11 Ps.77 Mk.2, 1-12

Friday of 1st Week, uneven numbered year

“When Jesus came back to Capernaum, people learned after a while that he was there. Many gathered around the house in such a way that the door-way was blocked. Some people came carrying a paralytic carried by four men.”

Here we are back in Caparnaum where Jesus began his mission. The house he was staying in could well have been that of Simon and Andrew. There is such a huge crowd wanting to listen to him that they block the entrance. Four men come carring a hparalytic; this man is doubly excluded, by the ’good’ people and also the community formed around Jesus. We can easily explain the opening of the roof because of the constructions at that time, a hole could easlily be made in the roof. Jesus declares to the paralytic that his ’sins are forgiven’. Jesus is the author of forgiveness.He is the Saviour who has been recognised. These for men could be the first four disiples already called in St Mark’s gospel. So we have here a perspective that is a missionary one. Jesus came, he shared our lives. He discovers the wounds deep within us and heaals them. Saint Athanasia said ’’ He didn’t accept that death domainate us ; he didin’t want to put to death what he had begun. He didn’t want what the Father had done in creating mankind to fail. So he took on a body, one that was no different to our own. He built for Himself thus a temple of his own Body in the Virgin Mary’s womb. He made his instrument one that was adapted, to make himself known and to dwell there. After having taken among our bodies a body of the same species, since we are asubmitted to death’s corruption, he delivered it up to death for us all, and offered it up to the Father. He did that out of Love for us all.“” Seeing their faith, Jeus said tot he paralytic, ’My child, your sins are forgiven.’ Now there were people amongst the crowd who weres cribes and intheir hearts they were asking themselves ’How is it that he is speaking like this! He is blasphemeing! Who can forgive sins of not God alone?!’ "

Sooff goees the controversy, teh scribes accuse Jesus: ’He’s blaspheming.’only God can forgive mens’ sins. But Jesus unmasks his adversaires’ thoughts. It is easier to pronounce a word of a spiritual nature than to give back the capacity to walk to a paralytic. For the first time Mark puts on Jesus’ lips the expression

’Son of man.’ ’ Jesus says to the paralytic, ’Your sins are forgiven’. This man’s expeactations have gone beyond all he had expected or hoped for. But there is even more contestation, some scribes say ’ This man is blasphemeing! Who can forgive sins, apart from God alone! ’ Jesus goes from marvel to marvel : ’Get up’, he says to the paralytic, ’Take your stretcher and go home’. The man got up, and to the crowd’s amazement he took the stretcher and went out in front of all who were gathered there. In the Paschal mystery, like 2000 years ago in Galilee, Jesus saves us. Like in the gospel, we bring to Him in prayer all the men and women we have ever met ; we bring them to Jesus in our heart all those who are disorientated, disfigured, badly treated. ’Jesus seeing thier faith’, says the Gospel. It is a question of faith for the disciples of Jesus! Jesus goes beyond anything we could ever expect.

“So to prove to you that the Son of man has authority to forgive sins on earth he said to the paralyic, ’I order you, get up pick up your stretcher and go off home.’ And the man got up, and at once picked up his stretcher and walked out in front of everyone, so that they were all astonished and praised God, saying, ’We have never seen anything like this.”

The Son of man is the Messaih whom God has invested with full powers that are divine, he is the Universal Saviour of the end of time, Jesus presents himself as the Messaih fully associated to the power of God. Forgivenss of sin was fully announced by the prophets as one of the events reserved for the times of Salvation. It is even the heart of the New Covenant, the essential act of salvation since Jesus will give his life on the Cross to save us. That is sure to scandalise the scribes. We are in the joy of Jesus’ action. When we have faith and we ask Jesus to act,we are always witnesses of the marvels he realises in us. Still today, when we take part in the Eucharist,we bring to Jesus every human distress. As in the time of Jesus all the misery in he world is there. Jesus, seeing the faith of the paralytic, said to him ’My child, your sins are forgiven. ’

We ask for the grace to tell Jesus about the sufferings we encounter so that He may come to help.