I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Reflection for January 13, Friday of the First Week in O.T; Mark 2:1-12

Gospel Mark 2:1-12
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.”
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Are you humble enough to admit that you’re a sinner?

We have in our gospel a paralytic who is also a sinner;   in the midst of great odds four men brought him to Jesus. It did not matter to them if they have to climb the roof and broke thru it. Knowing their own frailties the four men and the paralytic himself summoned every ounce of courage that they have to be in-front of Jesus. What an expression of faith, what an expression of hunger to be forgiven by Jesus and what an expression of humility.

The faith of the paralytic and also those who helped him eventually paid off for Jesus forgave him of his many sins. Not only that he was forgiven by Jesus he got a bonus because he was also physically healed of physical sickness.

We may not be aware of this but our spirits longs to be forgiven and healed by Jesus as well through the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession. We may not be aware also that the sins that we have committed are the ones that prevent us more blessings from Jesus.

It takes great courage, effort and tons of humility to approach your priest and ask for his time in confession. If we humbly submit ourselves to this healing Sacrament we would receive enormous spiritual and physical blessings. Let us therefore be like the paralytic and his four companions who braved the great odds just to be near Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas       

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