Avoiding Pitfalls

First Reading: 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22a
Psalm: Ps 89:16-17, 18-19
Gospel: Mk 2:1-12

It seems inherent in our human nature to look for the bad in any
We can see that in the negative news stories we read in
the papers or watch on TV. We also observe it in the gossip that
circulates among social groups. By talking about the bad side of
others, we perhaps try to bring down people to make ourselves feel

The scribes at Capernaum in today’s Gospel were doing just that.
They belittled the faith of several men and brushed off their effort
to bring a paralytic close to Jesus. They attempted to make Jesus
look like a law-breaker or religious violator instead of the
preacher of Good News, which he was doing.

Jesus was obviously annoyed by the hypocrisy and sky-high pride of
the scribes that He asserted His authority and power by healing the
paralytic in front of the astonished eyes of the crowd.

Jesus gives notice that being members of His Church does not give us
the license to challenge His authority
and the many good things God
provides everyday. We may have the freedom to criticize the many
wrongs we see happening around us in our daily lives but we should
not place ourselves on pedestals and believe ourselves superior to
others because we call ourselves Christians.

Let us avoid the pitfalls of pride and instead work to be humble
servants of God. Let us ask Jesus to remove the temptation of
negative thinking and embrace the joy of His Good News.