15th January 2021,
FRIDAY, FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Heb 4: 1-5, 11
Ps 78: 3-4, 6-8
Mk 2: 1-12
FAITH UNITES HEAVEN AND EARTH
Faith is given to us in baptism. It germinates and grows within us over the years. Faith reveals truths we have never seen or heard; it affirms, and gives peace, joy and rest. It is only by faith that we can advance towards God. The intellect must surrender itself to faith. The faith of others supports us just as the fervour of our faith enkindles and strengthens others. Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for.
Jesus tells the paralytic that his sins are forgiven, and then says, “Get up and walk!” One may not be paralyzed physically but could be so, spiritually, emotionally or psychologically. The ultimate paralysis is caused by sin. The mercy of God penetrates to the deepest recesses of our hidden paralysis. To sin, is to fall short of what we are called to be as children of God. Jesus has the authority to forgive our sins and he has taught us by word and example how to forgive others and pray for the persons who hurt us. God is always ready to forgive us and to give us the grace to start anew. His mercy protects us against despair and utter loneliness and encourages us to keep hoping. He assures us that we can still love and be loved in spite of what we are.
The faith of the men who brought the paralytic to Jesus was rewarded by the healing of their friend. They were united in bringing the man and were concerned, not about their convenience, but the good of the sick man. The great difficulty of getting near Jesus did not discourage them, nor did the laborious task of stripping the roof trouble them. They did all that was possible for them to help their friend avail of the blessing of the Lord. Let us bring souls to Jesus, humbly accept the help of others, and learn from our failures and hurts that we are utterly dependent upon God’s love, for his great love is without end.
Responsorial Psalm: Never forget the deeds of God!
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