Thursday of 13th week, even numbred year Jeudi de la 13e semaine, année paire

"So that you may know that the Son of God has the power on earth to forgive sins, get up’ says Jesus to the paralytic’, take your stretcher and go off home.’
Monday 11 April 2016

Am.7,10-17 Ps.18 Mt. 9-18

Thursday of 13th Week, even numbered year

"Jesus got into the boat, crossed over again and went intot he town of Capernaum. And here they presented him with a paralytic, asleep on a stretcher.

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic ’Have confidence, my child, your sins are forgiven.’ And here some scribes said ’He is blaspheming.’

To all who have committed some errors or have taken some very wrong decisions, Jesus brings some Good News. They are able to go ahead without dragging behind themselves the load of their errors which make them guilty : ’Confidence, my child, your sins are forgiven.’

There is compassion around this man carried n a stretcher. Seeing their faith, Jesus says to the paralytic : ’Have confidence, my child, your sins are forgiven.’

The new community can be seen on the horizon, with this benevolence God’s friends have.

Jesu brings us this complete forgiveness. It is such an important encounter, this paralytic with Jesus in this house packed with people, where the noise of conversation suddenly dropped and everyone held their breath to listen to what Jesus was going to say and do.

Nevertheless, opposition to Jesus’ action wasn’t far off!

’And here we have some scribes saying amongst themselves : ’he is blaspheming.’ Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said : ’Why have these bad thoughts in your hearts?’

Still today there is contestation rising up!

In His Tenderness, Jesus wants to bring peace.

"But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, asked ’Why these bad thoughts? What is easier to say (Your sins are forgiven’ or else ’Get up and walk’?

Well, so that you may know that the Son of man has the power on earth to forgive sin-Jesus said to the paralytic ’Get up , take your stretcher and go off home.’

Jesus ’ action is absolutely marvellous, he knows our resistances and sorrows when faced wit impossible situations and he comes to our aid.

This miracles is going to take hold of his listeners and even those of the scribes who are opposed t him.

If we forgive each day, thanks to God, in order to live there is a great difference between the forgiveness of men and that of God. Whenever we forgive, we always keep in our memory the evil we have done. This is where the miracle is, God’s forgiveness is so complete that even the memory o the sin is wiped away : ’ But I shall no longer remember your sins.’

In this impressive sacrament, we confess our sins to the priest who pronounces the words of absolution. But in reality, it is Jesus who lifts up the load of guilt from our shoulders, thus setting us free. It is Jesus who heals our spiritual paralysis and who helps us to move forward once more.

He who told us he has "the power on earth to forgive sins’ has chosen to commend this power to the Church.

The sacrament of reconciliation is the sacrament of freedom, of a personal encounter with he who loves us beyond our comprehension.

"He got up and went home.

Seeing this, the crowd were taken up with fear and gave thanks to God who gives such power to men."

Still today we are taken up with fear before God’s action. The gift of fear is a marvellous reality, it is given to us after the drama of the Passion. Jesus, in the fire of Love that consumes everything, moved by the Holy Spirit, offers his life so that we may live from Love. He invites us to follow him, for God need us in order to accomplish his Work. We disappear so that the Work of his Love is brought about.

The dialogue with Jesus marvels us, we come to realise how marvellous this gift of forgiveness is : ’We have never seen anything like it!’

Jesus gives humanity the means to stand up again! Before all else it is the power to love that Jesus gives to humanity going through such great pain! This

is where all new life stems from : ’And I, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit forgive all your sins.’

We who at the Bread of Life and who drink the wine of the wedding feast at the Eucharist, we ought to do likewise.

As Jesus has given his Life, we too offer ourselves up with Him. God provides everything if we believe and let ourselves be guided by Him. This is how his work comes about.

We ask for the grace to understand these words. The grace of being converted so that God’s Infinite Love may do its work of healing within us.

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