Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Memorial Feast: Saint Nicholas (270-+343)—Patron Saint of Russia and Greece
Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14, & Luke 5:17-26
"When Jesus saw their faith, He said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven."
In today's Gospel narrative, our Lord notes the strong faith of the men who took great lengths to place their friend in front of Jesus. The decision to take the drastic steps of climbing onto the roof then, removing the tiles, lowered their paralyzed friend down in front of Jesus. Our "Divine Physician" had been speaking to the Pharisees and teachers of the Jewish law. He told the one with paralysis placed in front of Him that his sins were forgiven. Additionally, He read the hearts of the others who listened to Him. The Pharisees could not accept that a "mere man" was for forgiving sins. After all, only God can forgive sins. The paralyzed man did as Jesus said by "picking up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God." The onlookers were "struck with awe" and admitted that they "had seen incredible things today."
During this season of Advent, may we all be amazed at what we see as we look around at God's creation. May we see our "incredible" God in our midst regardless of the messiness of everyday life. May we notice Him loving us and saving us. He longs to come more fully into our hearts and our world. Let us pray for the grace to see and receive His saving love every day of our lives. Then we can join with the paralytic man and his friends and say we have "seen incredible things today."
Question of the Day: How will you come to the aid of your friends or even perfect strangers who need your help?"
Prayer: "Our God will come and save us." Psalm 85