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.
Dear Father we know it is easier to say your sins are forgiven than it is to say rise and walk. We also know how liberating it is to be forgiven. You forgive us on a daily basis and Jesus set out to show us the importance of this gift of your love. How forgiveness brings healing to a soul. We also read of Abraham going to the extreme and was about to sacrifice his own son out of love for God. What do we sacrifice in our lives to say how much we love God, do we give up extra pleasures? Do we offer more prayers knowing it pleases Him. Do we seek confession so we may find forgiveness. It is through forgiveness that we truly find healing. May we take a moment today and think of the many times we have offended our Lord and see how paralysed we are in God's eyes. That when we open our hearts to his love and forgiveness we are able to move when the bonds of sin have been taken away. Let our sacrifice be genuine for the Love of God. Amen