FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
JANUARY 15, 2021
Friday – Week One
WORD of the DAY
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2: 8/12)
How shall I live this Word?
The experience of the paralysis of the vital dynamism that animates us needs to be, with profound respect and gratuitousness, assumed and supported by a strong friendship, tenaciously rooted in faith in Jesus, in order to be able to open up to freedom. Understanding that the healing of the other is not a work of generosity squeezed out of our good qualities, but it is the work of the Lord, it confers humility, deep respect, and tender strength to the gestures of friendship. The four – it is very significant – disappear under the gratuitousness of the act of carrying. Helping the other in his paralysis is an act of faith in the power of God’s love, which alone heals both body and soul together. Christian friendship knows this art, and the times and ways to bring it to action. Jesus is the first to teach us this by ‘carrying’ our sins. He discloses to us the profound wonder that He experienced at the Jordan: to hear Himself called: “Son!” opens the sky on the dark waters of sin.
God of freedom and peace, who in the forgiveness of sins give us the sign of the new creation, grant that our whole life reconciled with the support of our brothers and sisters, may in Your love become praise and the proclamation of Your mercy..
The Voice of Pope Francis
“The word: ‘Son’!”, Jesus pardoned the paralytic and repeats it to those men who wanted their friend to be healed. Despite the difficulties, they went to the roof and tile after tile, one after the other, made the hole and made him go down. Driven by faith, they did not think about the risk they were taking. They just wanted healing, they wanted the Lord to console their friend and them. And the Lord seeing their faith says: ‘Son! courage’…. As the prophet announced: ‘Courage, fear not, strengthen your weak hands. Courage, come on, there are shaky knees … yes, but courage, come on. Say to those lost in heart – to those who are paralyzed by sin: Behold your God who comes to save you” . It is a very beautiful and very positive message: to let ourselves be comforted by the Lord. Even if it is not easy, because to let ourselves be consoled by the Lord it is necessary to strip ourselves of our selfishness, of those things that are a jealous treasure in us, both bitterness and complaints. Therefore, it will do us good today, for each of us, to make an examination of conscience: What is my heart like? and ask yourself: “What is my language like? Is it of praise to God, of beauty or always of complaints?” And then ask the Lord for the grace to open up to courage, because in courage he comes to console us”
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