First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 85:9-14
Gospel: Luke 5:17-26
In today’s gospel a paralyzed man is brought to Jesus for healing. One of the greatest things in life is becoming aware of the gifts we have received from God and using them for the good of others. We often can wonder about the paralyzed man and how he became so. Was he born paralyzed? Did it come suddenly or was it gradual?
In our spiritual lives, we can unfortunately become paralyzed. Spiritual paralysis does not come all of a sudden like a stroke that paralyzes someone. Spiritual paralysis is the result of going from one small sin to bigger and bigger ones.
Sin confines us to our stretcher and comfort zone. Sin cripples us far more than any physical ailment. Sin is the work of the kingdom of darkness and it holds us in eternal bondage. There is only one solution and that is the healing cleansing power of Jesus’ forgiveness. Seeing the faith of the men, Christ acknowledges them and says to the paralyzed man, “Your sins are forgiven.” This man had been crippled not only physically but spiritually as well. Jesus freed him from his burden of guilt and restored his body as well. The man must have loved to hear these words and feel the peace of soul that it brings. The Lord is ever ready to bring us healing of body, mind and soul. His grace brings us freedom from the power of sin and from bondage to harmful desires and addictions. Do you allow anything to keep you from Jesus’ healing power?
Ask the Lord Jesus today that his healing power may touch every area of your life, your innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes and memories. Jesus will always be there to bring us closer to him, and through the sacrament of reconciliation he shows us the depth of his love by forgiving us our sins. Once forgiven of his sins, the burden of sin is lifted from the paralyzed man. His newfound dignity demands that he hold his head up high. Christ’s generosity is beyond our imagination and surpasses ours by far. Christ tells him to rise and walk, to take up the stretcher and move on in life. Christ invites us to grow in our virtue and fly like an eagle to the eights of holiness.
Sin ties us down and makes us slaves to our passions, emotions and insecurities. By receiving absolution in confession, the chain is cut and once again we are freed in Christ to fly high. All we need to do is to trust in God’s mercy.
Jesus’ love is a forgiving love and he truly forgives our sins through the sacrament of reconciliation. We know for sure that we have not always appreciated this sacrament as we ought to. Let us ask Jesus today to help us understand and trust more in his mercy and love. Let us prepare for the coming of Christ this Christmas season by cleansing ourselves of even the smallest stains of sin through the sacrament of reconciliation.
“Lord Jesus, through your merciful love and forgiveness you bring healing and restoration to body, soul, and mind. May your healing power and love touch every area of my life – my innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and memories. Pardon my offences and transform me in the power of your Holy Spirit that I may walk confidently in your truth and righteousness.”