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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

1 Sm 8: 4-7. 10-22a

Ps 89: 16-17. 18-19/

Gospel MK 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."


Libration We Need

 

 

In most of the healings performed by Jesus the faith of the person concerned was a crucial factor. Those who had firm faith that Jesus could heal them got healed. Jesus was amazed by the faith of the persons who brought the paralyzed man to him. Seeing their faith Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son your sins are forgiven”.  The Jewish religious leaders, the teachers of law objected to Jesus statement regarding forgiving sins. For them it was nothing but blasphemy. In spite of the serious objections of the teachers of the law, Jesus said to the paralyzed person, “I tell you get up, pick up your mat and go home.”

 

 

We may naturally ask the question what is the relationship between the physical healing and forgiving sins. At the time of Jesus that there was a strong belief among the people that some of the dreaded diseases like leprosy and paralysis were the punishment for their sins. This belief was deeply ingrained in the paralyzed person. Hence a firm assurance of forgiving his sins was essential for him to get healed. By saying, “My son your sins are forgiven” Jesus was liberating him from the guilt feeling. The consequence was his holistic healing. We, because of our human frailty, may do wrong things at times. As a result we may also suffer from guilt feeling which may lead to loss of peace and even psychosomatic diseases. The sacrament of reconciliation, if done properly, is one of the means to get liberated from guilt feeling.

 

 

There are factors that make human beings paralyzed spiritually. Pride, greed, fanaticism, insensitivity, obstinacy and lack of transparency are some factors that make a human being spiritually paralyzed. The Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ time were suffering from this dreaded disease. That is why they could not appreciate and accept Jesus and his message. We can see in the Gospel according to Mathew, chapter 23 Jesus blasting them for their spiritual paralysis. The message of today’s gospel reminds us the need for getting liberated from guilt feeling and spiritual paralysis.  

 

Rev. Fr. Jacob Peenickaparambil CMI


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