05 December 2016
Monday, 2nd Week of Advent
Is 35:1- 10 / Lk 5:17 – 26
Gospel Reading: Lk 5: 17 - 26
One day Jesus was teaching and many Pharisees and teachers of the Law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea and even from Jerusalem. . . . Then some men brought a paralyzed man who lay on his mat. They tried to enter the house to place him before Jesus, but they couldn't find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof and, removing the tiles, they lowered him on his mat into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "My friend, your sins are forgiven." At once the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to wonder, "This man insults God! Who can forgive sins but only God?"
But Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them, "Why are you reacting like this? Which is easier to say: 'Your sins are forgiven,' or: 'Get up and walk'? Now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." And Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home." At once the man stood before them. He took up the mat he had been lying on and went home praising God.
Amazement seized the people and they praised God. They were filled with a holy fear and said, "What wonderful things we have seen today!"
"… your sins are forgiven." These are words that bring us joy, especially when it comes from the Lord. And it takes faith to believe in it. It gives us hope of a new life. This is how one feels after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
In this season of Advent, we are once more reminded to prepare for the Lord's coming and it is an opportune time for us to go to confession. Like the paralyzed man we often get stuck with bad habits and habitual sins and find it hard to receive this life-giving sacrament. There may be obstacles for us to go to confession, but in faith and through witnessing as brothers and sisters in Christ, in the church and our communities, we become like the men who bring the paralyzed man to Christ, encouraging each other to go ahead and meet Jesus.
Indeed, it takes some effort and humbling of ourselves when we carry the weight of examining our conscience and being sorrowful for our sins, but once we experience the Love of the Lord that comes through this Sacrament, we are bound to "see wonderful things."
As Christians, we pray for the power of the Holy Spirit that through us and by the lives we lead, we become witnesses to Jesus' healing presence in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and commit ourselves to carry our "paralyzed" friends to him and bring his Word and his Love to them.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Keng Koc & Mary Co
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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