Homily of the Day

In the Gospel reading we see the importance of people to help others. The paralytic could not have approached Jesus without the help of others. Four men, presumably friends or relatives, brought him to where Jesus was and, account of the large crowds, used their imagination to bring him to Jesus by lowering him though a hole in the roof. Jesus praises their faith and forgives the paralytic, When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mk 2: 5)

Understandably many present, teachers of the Law, were shocked, “How can he speak like this insulting God? Who can forgive sins except God?” (MK 2: 7)

Jesus corrects them, ‘”But now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins..’ And he said to the paralytic, ‘Stand up, take up your mat and go home.”‘

Jesus’ power to forgive sins continues in the Church in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the evening of Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to his disciples “and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit; for those whose sins you forgive, they are forgiven; for those whose sins you retain, they are retained” (Jn 20: 22b- 23)

We marvel and thank God for his generous gift of the forgiveness of sins through the Church, indeed a continuing wonder and miracle in the Church.

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