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Friday, January 13, 2006
Today's Gospel: January 13, 2006

January 13, 2006
Friday in the First Week in Ordinary Time
Feastday of St. Hilary, bishop, doctor of the Church

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,it became known that he was at home.Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,“Child, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,‘Your sins are forgiven,’or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”–he said to the paralytic,“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” Mk 2:1-12

I loved the Gospel today. This past week I have constantly thought about these words of St. Peter, when he performed his first miracle: "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). We recently celebrated the Holy Name of Jesus, but I haven't gotten it out of my mind. For this is how powerful and beautiful the name of Jesus Christ is - it is love and the truth completely! How unworthy am I, a sinner, to even write His name on this blog. I only pray that I may be worthy to speak His name. Remember that at Mass, a bow of the head is made when the three Divine Persons are named together and at the names of Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of the Saint in whose honor Mass is being celebrated (GIRM 275).

In this Gospel we see the power of Jesus among the people. He is God! Jesus Christ is true God and true man. Never let anyone deny either. Jesus Christ is one person with those two natures - human and divine. Anything else is a lie.

One of my favorite lines is this: "Who but God alone can forgive sins?" And, don't we still hear that today? The elders and the chief priests, who were the holiest people in Israeli, refused to accept Christ. They had God within their midst, and they didn't know them. Today people complain and preach against the Confession of sins. They cry out, "Who but God alone can forgive sins?" But, Jesus Christ is God! And through the Sacrament of Confession it is Jesus Christ who forgives the sins; the priest is only a veil between us and God. He truly forgives us.

Jesus Christ, Our Lord, said, "Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained" (John 20:21-23). Let no one deter you from the Truth - that Jesus Christ is Lord and The Catholic Church is His true Church. I do not condemn anyone of other beliefs, but I acknowledge only one complete truth, the Catholic faith. May all come to believe in it and not doubt Christ as the chief priests and the elders did.

Let us go about our day in hope; remember these words: "Your sins are forgiven". And what greater of a gift is there?

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del_button January 13, 2006 at 8:09 AM
Marie Cecile said...

This is beautiful, I can only say thank you for your gift to bring Jesus to others. Never feel unworthy to speak his name, for in doing his work you have made yourself worthy in his eyes.

God Bless You

del_button January 13, 2006 at 5:41 PM
Moneybags said...

Thank you, Marie Cecile. Your comment was touching.

Thank you

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