The Gospel speaks of a powerful scene wherein Jesus, a seemingly ordinary Nazarene, healed and even absolved a paralytic man from his sins. I can imagine how enraged the scribes at this scene which made them draw the question, where in the world is this man getting this authority?
In the creation, God gave man the authority over all creatures. The Scriptures tells that the first man gave the names of all known creatures here on earth. By the sin of one man, this authority was voided which made him dismissed from the paradise.
This authority was restored through the Incarnation of the Son of God – Jesus Christ. The Father gave him all authority over all dominions here on earth and more than that, Christ has every right and authority to pardon our sins because of what He did in the Calvary, the Scriptures would tell us He was bruised for our sin…, by His stripes we were healed. (cf. Isa.53:5)
Likewise, Christ showed the fatherly love of God towards humanity and all His creation by telling in the Gospel that “Child your sins are forgiven!” Truly, it is His desire, that none should perish and that his love and compassion is truly manifested. Reflecting on these thoughts has ushered me to the realization of the many times that I broke the heart of God due to my transgressions. However, St. Paul assures us that, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more. (cf. Rom 5:20) This is a gift of God to all of us. Many times, we have lived our lives as if there is no God, death and judgment. With God’s generous grace and mercy, He still gives us the chance to amend our wrongdoings.
Christ, abounding in mercy and compassion, is always ready to forgive and the only thing that we can do is to participate in this redemptive act. He has the authority but we should also take the initiative of asking His forgiveness and mercy. Now, is there any reason why you can’t have a good confession today? Ask the Lord for the strength. He is always waiting for you.
By Sem. Lester John D. Cabais
THE GOSPEL TODAY
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.”