Monday, December 7, 2015

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” ― Martin Luther King Jr 1929 – 1968: American Baptist minister and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement)
Gospel Text: (Lk 5:17-26)
One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
“As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
“We have seen incredible things today.”
We don’t all have physical disabilities, but each of us is afflicted in one way or another.  We become crippled by our fears, prejudices, sin, bitterness, jealousy, grudges and all those things that keep us from being the loving people God created us to be.  In the faint glow of the candles on our Advent wreath, it seems a good time to make a resolution for the liturgical new year that we will make our way to the manger to ask for healing for our infirmities, be they mental, physical, spiritual or emotional – healing that can only come from the heart of Jesus.

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