Thursday of 13th week, O.T., uneven numbered year Jeudi de la 13e semaine,T.O. année impaire

"But to prove to you that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,-then he said to the paralytic, -get up, pick up you bed and get off home.’
Monday 22 June 2015

Gn. 22, 1-13. 15-19 Ps. 33 Mt. 9, 1-18

THURSDAY of 13th WEEK, uneven numbered year

"But to prove to you that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,-then he said to the paralytic, - get up, pick up your bed and get off home.’

’He got back into the boat, crossed the water and came to his home town. And suddenly some people brought to him a paralytic stretched out on a bed.’

There is something new that occurs ’in his town of Capharnuum’ - a paralyzed man is brought to Jesus. This is how Jesus reacts. ’Confidence, my Son your dins are forgiven.Stand up, take your bed and walk and get off home.’ This is what we are given to contemplate : a word that gives a blessing, a word that wants life in its whole form : a holy life that is improved with a word that touches other people. ’Some scribes said ’This man is blaspheming’, whereas others said the crowd was overcome with awe, praising God for having given such authority to a human being.’ Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, ’ Confidence, my son, your sins are forgiven.’

We are here before something invisible that can still be surprising. It is in fact faith alone that can apprehend what is given in the invisible sphere of life. Is this not the same thing that occurs with the power of transforming bread and wine into the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus in the sacrifice of the mass? In faith we celebrate the paschal mystery where the Lamb gives his Life in food. The Holy Spirit, the fire of the Infinite Love of God, is at work, sanctifying all things.This man’s healing and the forgiveness of his sins are the fruit of Jesus’ Gift, of His sacrifice of his Body woven in the Virgin Mary’s womb. He is the unique Priest who gives the Infinite Love of God that saves us so that we find life once again.

“Now, some scribes said to themselves, ’This man blasphemes. ’Knowing what was in their minds, Jesus said, ’Why do you have such wicked thoughts in your heart?”

We can see how an experience becomes an axe for reflection, the ’a priori of benevolence’ It is indeed a good thing to encourage one another in a positive way, developing a culture of life. Jesus said : ’What is easier, to say ’Your sins are forgiven ’or else to say ’Get up and walk.’ Well, so that you know that the Son of Man has power to forgive sins on earth, he said to the paralyzed man, ’Get up, take your bed and go back home.’ The crowd is taken with fright before the marvelous action of God. This man who finds once again health of body after having received health of heart and soul already announces the drama Jesus will live, His Passion, to bring us Life. This power of marvelous love given to mankind is the power to say in truth, ’ I forgive all your sins, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.’ Still today confessed sins are forgiven ones.

"And the man got up and went home. a feeling of awe came over the crowd when they saw this, and they praised God for having given such authority to human beings.’

To help, to help oneself, to say good of one another, to encourage, every evening we should tell Jesus what good happened to us during the day, and in the morning we should be comforted by this benevolent attitude. “Clothe me, Lord with your goodness, that throughout this day I may reveal you.”

The man got up and went home. Jesus’ Love that gives life to this paralyzed man is the Infinite Love at the Heart of our Father who saves the world by sending His Son Jesus. There is in fact a drama lived out in the Heart of Our Father since through sin, man has rejected God in his heart, due to his refusal right from the beginning. This same drama in the Father’s Heart is also in the Heart of His Son. Moved by an Infinite Love, the mystery of the Holy Spirit, the Infinite Love of God, gives itself for us to have Life.

Let us ask for the grace to let God do His work, so that his Infinite Love may come about in us.