Daily Reflection for Thursday, July 01, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Thursday's readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 22:1b-19
Responsorial: Psalm 115:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
Gospel: Matthew 9: 1-8
Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
“Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2)
The story told in the Gospel reading today is of Jesus healing the paralytic who was brought to Him to cure. Jesus knew He was being watched closely by those around Him and He felt the energy of judgment. He even asks those around him, "why do you harbor evil thoughts?” He asked them this after He extended such a beautiful and compassionate message to the person suffering on the stretcher; “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven”.
I imagine myself as the paralytic. I think about those that carried me to Jesus. How long did they have to walk and what were their hopes for me? I imagine just laying there, totally dependent on those around me, needing their constant support.
I then imagine feeling an overwhelming calmness and peace when Jesus approaches my stretcher. Jesus knew my sins paralyzed me. He knew that the guilt and shame that I held on to, kept me from walking in forward motion. His message, ‘Courage, child, your sins are forgiven,” filled my heart and soul with relief, with peace, and with a love that gave me the internal strength to get up and walk once again, to face the world in love.
How often I am paralyzed by my own resistance to accept God’s forgiveness and love. Each day I am invited to let God’s love be my source of strength as I face each day and each step. Each day I am invited to let go of what paralyzes me. Every day I am invited to live with courage to rise up and live with God’s love.
May you rise today, strengthened by God’s love,