In today’s reading, a man is lowered to Jesus by his friends through roof. This man is paralyzed and his friends believe Jesus can heal him. Jesus forgives the man’s sins. This action horrifies the scribes and Pharisees because they realize only God has the power to forgive sins. Jesus, in an attempt to win over their hearts and show them who He is, then resorts to giving the paralyzed man his movement back.

Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–He said to the one who was paralyzed, “I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

We live through many tragedies. Ultimately we all eventually suffer the worst tragedy of all- death. Here though, when placed next to the Way, the Truth, and the Life, tragedy is seen with total clarity. When given a chance to heal the man, Jesus gives him the greatest healing possible – forgiveness of sins. Jesus teaches us what is most important by doing this first. Only as a last ditch effort to convince the hard hearted of His divinity did he give the paralyzed man the ability to walk.

It can be tempting to think that Jesus is far away from us when tragedy strikes. We need to remember that he doesn’t always stop tragedy from happening, but He is always with us. Even when everything seems to be falling apart, Jesus will forgive us of our sins. This is the most important thing.  

— Dr. Greg Bottaro, Well Catholic

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  1. Praise to be to Lord Jesus Christ. For He keeps His promise to be with those who seek & love Him. No matter how many obstacles we go through in our live’s journey , it will end well if we sort His help with full faith , hope & love.Amen!
    Shalom !!!

  2. Something which often gets overlooked is WHY his sins were forgiven. “And when he saw their faith he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.'”

    Jesus didn’t see the faith of the man lowered before him. He saw the faith of that man’s friends who believed if they could just get their friend close enough he might walk. None of this is to say the man didn’t have faith. I’m sure he did as well. But I think it’s important to remember we have a roll to play in other’s faith as well. Our faith is just as important in healing those we bring to Christ. Only he can heal them, but we can carry them to his feet.

    • If we don’t spread the word of God how will others come to know him? Being born into a Christian faith is a blessing.I often pray for family and friends who need to strengthen their bond with the Lord. And I hope they do the same for me.

  3. I am going through a very difficult time at the moment with a marriage break down / health problems ! I am trying to trust in the lord and believe that this dark time will pass . The words today are very encouraging . I THANK JESUS for all the graces that I have been given and I ask for forgiveness for my part in the marriage break down and the grace to trust and believe in His mercy xx It is hard and to all who read this please pray for me and my husband who has hurt me so much …….

    • Comment: Have faith and believe He must answer you, come more closer to Him, surely you will hear from God sooner than later. Praying for your family Already. Be strong

  4. Comment: God is the Greatest, He makes impossibilities possible, but for you to have total happiness in Him, you need to come very close to Him without looking at back or having a double mind, He is the highest Authority, what Doctor’s can’t heal He does heal you without money. So why don’t you trust in Him today and have faith, honestly in no due time all your worries will be over. Thank You Jesus

  5. I have been going through a sorrowful and a sad situation for sometime now…everytime i have eat tears,drink tears,sleep tears do everything with tears.Telling myself my God is asleep, He has closing his ears and eyes upon me that is why i am going through all these but after reading this,i have started holding on to my faith…..God bless you

    • Your Joy must surely come dear, Just Challenge God that, His the Author and Finisher of your life, the Alpha and Omega, the A and Z, the Beginning and the End of your life, Him alone is worthy. Trust no human, we fails always but God never fails. Return to Him totally and stay fast, remove ur mindset from when will God answer even one of my prayers, remember that He said He will do it in His own way and time. So all you need to do is have faith, pray always, God is with you already. Thank you Lord

  6. Your Joy must surely come dear, Just Challenge God that, His the Author and Finisher of your life, the Alpha and Omega, the A and Z, the Beginning and the End of your life, Him alone is worthy. Trust no human, we fails always but God never fails. Return to Him totally and stay fast, remove ur mindset from when will God answer even one of my prayers, remember that He said He will do it in His own way and time. So all you need to do is have faith, pray always, God is with you already. Thank you Lord

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