Before we act

Today’s Gospel contains such beautiful expressions of faith. Both the paralytic and the men that help him illustrate such a powerful faith in Jesus’ power to heal and forgive. Their faith is a vivid contrast to the questioning of the scribes. Jesus makes it clear that sin can indeed paralyze us.

Sin can paralyze us. It can keep us from walking in the light of faith and responding positively to God in our lives. Let us leave the paralysis of sin behind in order to stand up and walk faithfully the way of faith.

Let us ask for God’s mercy and guidance through the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, to think before we act. Let us not remain burdens that Jesus carries in the cross. Let us make his burden lighter by not committing sin, and let our actions be in accordance with the
commandments — an act of gratitude for all the blessings our Father has bestowed upon us.

  • Felipe Barreda

    The readings for today present an interesting contrast and commentary on the kingship of God. In the first reading we see that the elders of Israel are asking the prophet Samuel to anoint a king when in reality there is no king other than God because he is the Pantocrator the universal ruler. Israel, God’s chosen people, insist on having a king and in so doing reject God as their ruler. In today’s Gospel the kingship of God is manifested in Jesus Christ his son. Jesus says to the paralytic your sins are forgiven and immediately the scribes, the ones who should have the most knowledge of the Mosaic law, accuse him of being a blasphemer because no one has the authority to forgive sins other than God. Jesus then poses an impossible hypothetical to the scribes; what is easier to say your sins or forgiven or to tell the paralytic rise, pick up your mat and walk? For us the answer is simple, it is much easier to say that your sins are forgiven not only because we can physically perform the act of speaking the words but also shows love and charity to the person whose sins are harming him or her. But to the scribes this was like being in the middle rock and a hard place. If they answered it was easier to say that sins were forgiven then they would be rejecting God’s authority to forgive sins. On the other hand if they said it was easier to say to the paralytic rise, pick up your mat and walk, which in their mind and to a certain extent to ours to was a physical impossibility. But Jesus Christ is just not anyone, he is Emmanuel, he is God among us, God in the flesh, the word made flesh, he is the Pantocrator. To prove that he is God and that he has the authority to forgive sins, Jesus tells the paralytic to pick up his mat and walk and so the paralytic does and Jesus proves his divinity but the scribes are to blind to see it. God lives in everything we do. God created us; God is in control of our lives and if we have used our free will and have been attentive to God’s will for us, we will return to God. Some people in our society talk about a heliocentric, a terracentric, even an anthropocentric universe. I think it is time that we start thinking about a Theocentric universe and that we make God, the divine trinity God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as our Pantocrator, our one and only universal ruler both in spiritual and temporal matters. Maybe perhaps the problems that we suffer today won’t be as severe as they seem. Amen.

  • Felipe Barreda

    The readings for today present an interesting contrast and commentary on the kingship of God. In the first reading we see that the elders of Israel are asking the prophet Samuel to anoint a king when in reality there is no king other than God because he is the Pantocrator the universal ruler. Israel, God’s chosen people, insist on having a king and in so doing reject God as their ruler. In today’s Gospel the kingship of God is manifested in Jesus Christ his son. Jesus says to the paralytic your sins are forgiven and immediately the scribes, the ones who should have the most knowledge of the Mosaic law, accuse him of being a blasphemer because no one has the authority to forgive sins other than God. Jesus then poses an impossible hypothetical to the scribes; what is easier to say your sins or forgiven or to tell the paralytic rise, pick up your mat and walk? For us the answer is simple, it is much easier to say that your sins are forgiven not only because we can physically perform the act of speaking the words but also shows love and charity to the person whose sins are harming him or her. But to the scribes this was like being in the middle rock and a hard place. If they answered it was easier to say that sins were forgiven then they would be rejecting God’s authority to forgive sins. On the other hand if they said it was easier to say to the paralytic rise, pick up your mat and walk, which in their mind and to a certain extent to ours to was a physical impossibility. But Jesus Christ is just not anyone, he is Emmanuel, he is God among us, God in the flesh, the word made flesh, he is the Pantocrator. To prove that he is God and that he has the authority to forgive sins, Jesus tells the paralytic to pick up his mat and walk and so the paralytic does and Jesus proves his divinity but the scribes are to blind to see it. God lives in everything we do. God created us; God is in control of our lives and if we have used our free will and have been attentive to God’s will for us, we will return to God. Some people in our society talk about a heliocentric, a terracentric, even an anthropocentric universe. I think it is time that we start thinking about a Theocentric universe and that we make God, the divine trinity God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as our Pantocrator, our one and only universal ruler both in spiritual and temporal matters. Maybe perhaps the problems that we suffer today won’t be as severe as they seem. Amen.

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