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June 30

FOCUS:    God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ.

Reflection

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Amos 7: 10-17

Psalm 19

Mt 9: 1-8

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a beautiful thing – just look at today’s gospel because it leads us to Reconciliation!  Today’s gospel follows the episode of Jesus healing two demoniacs by casting the evil spirits into swine, the swine jumping into the sea, and the people asking Jesus to leave their land.  Here, though, we have people flocking to Jesus seeking His healing.

 

In this case, friends of the paralyzed man bring him to Jesus on a stretcher.  Jesus recognizing their faith is significant.  It should be obvious to us that the greater our faith, the greater our understanding of the healing Jesus offers us.  When is the last time you encouraged a friend to get to the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

 

Those present at this miracle were of high esteem – the scribes did not come out to see just every person who claimed to be a healer or prophet but they came to see Jesus.  When we are fulfilling the mission of Jesus we desire good things for others – the scribes were not there yet.  Jesus wants to offer forgiveness to the paralytic but the scribes want it done as prescribed, by a priest who offers sacrifice in ritual.  Jesus, however, directs their attention to the fact that it is He who forgives.  He is the source of healing that comes from forgiveness.

 

Because the people could not see the forgiveness of sin in a practical way, He uses the healing of paralysis to represent to us the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Reconciliation changes lives.  The grace extended in that Sacrament is incredibly powerful – it opens our eyes, ears, mind, and heart to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  It makes our engagement of Jesus in the Eucharist an ecstatic experience!  What day and time are you going to Reconciliation this week?  See you there!

 

Go smile at God today!!