FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday 30 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time
After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,
“Why do you harbor evil thoughts? 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 then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men. (Matthew 9: 1-8)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus cares about our happiness. Being happy is not something that depends on being able to walk on one’s own legs or in a wheelchair but on having the heart free from all that kills, blocks, and dulls existence. Sin, on closer inspection, produces these effects. The healing of the paralytic should help us understand that Jesus is not a healer who came to solve people’s physical problems, but the “Son of man” sent by the Father to offer us the gift of salvation, the forgiveness of sins.
We should ask the Lord to be forgiven even before being healed, because forgiveness, mercy, unconditional and gratuitous love is, for those who believe, the highest form of healing.
Lord Jesus, free our heart from all this makes us unable to recognize who You really are and the profound meaning of Your words. So be it!!
The Voice of Pope Francis Message for the Day of the Sick 2022
The patient is always more important than the illness, and for this reason any therapeutic approach cannot ignore the patient’s history, anxieties, fears. Even when it is not possible to heal, it is always possible to cure; it is always possible to console; it is always possible to make people feel a closeness that shows interest in the person before his or her pathology.
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