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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Gospel: February 19, 2006
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February 19, 2006
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

I found the Gospel reading from Mass today filled with unlimited joy. It was so beautiful, but I found one priest's reflection on it to be even more profound. Let me share my thoughts.

Today's Gospel:

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 the paralytic,“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

Just think about the faith of the paralytic! He and his friends knew the truth and mercy of Jesus Christ. They knew it and went so far to break through the roof. How many people in our time would do something so radical? How many people would value God's mercy in Confession that enthusiastically? As last Sunday's Gospel reading showed, the personal encounter of Jesus in the Sacraments is what it's all about. In Confession I find such peace in the absolution of my sins: "I forgive you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" because it is truly Jesus speaking through the priest.

For God's love and mercy are inseparable in this life. His mercy endures forever and in no place better than Confession - where we are washed clean of all guilt when we make a sincere and heartfelt confession. For God gave us Confession for sins; He didn't tell us "Confess your sins and you will be saved." This is what he said:

"He said therefore to them again: 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)

We are facing a paralysis in the Church where people no longer attend Mass, receive the Eucharist, or go to Confession. This is disheartening and we have an obligation to counter it! We must teach others of the Catholic faith; we must spread it. We must reach out to that friend or relative that does not attend Mass and bring them to the fullness of the Catholic faith.

That is why if you have any questions at all on the Catholic faith please do not hesitate to contact me. I will help answer any and all questions for fallen away Catholics or those interested in the faith. Do not despair, if you have any questions on the Catholic faith, I will do whatever I can to explain them for the glory of Jesus Christ and His Church.

3 comments:

del_button February 19, 2006 at 9:43 AM
Kim said...

I always liked this part of Mark growing up. I still have to go through Scripture Break today, but I think I'm going to like it even more after that. Heck, I already like it more based on your post. :D

I'm waiting to make my 1st Confession, which is both nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. I know that it's Good For Me, and that the end will make the preparation seem non-existent. But that doesn't help lessen the nervousness!

del_button February 19, 2006 at 11:19 AM
Darren Norton said...

Our pastor, Fr. Jim, had some interesting points in his homily on this weekend's Gospel:

Of course he made the essential connection of Jesus first forgiving the paralytic's sins before healing him, just like we need to be forgiven throught eh sacrament of Reconciliation before receiveing Holy Communion. He stressed the importance of having no mortal sins on our souls before receiving Christ.

He then went on to explain what sin is (lest anyone forget) and what the diffrence between venial and mortal sin is. hat was simple enough, but he did mention one mortal sin I was surprised at: the grave sin of missing weekend Masses!!

Since the 4th Commandment clearly states: "Keep Holy the Lord's Day" - not doing that is a mortal sin!!

Needless to say, I did not look to see who refused the Eucharist and who took it (I was busy praying), but I sure wanted to.

This homily was a great introduction into the preparation of the Lenten season!

del_button February 19, 2006 at 8:53 PM
Eddy Lee said...

Fr. John Larson, MIC offered his mass of thanksgiving today in a tow 7 miles from my house. (His blog is http://micbro.cybercatholics.com ) He preached a wonderful homily on the sacrament of Confession. If this is just one example on his preaching skills, he will be a dynamite preacher!

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