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Matthew 9:1-8

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And after getting into a boat he crossed the sea and came to his own town. And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven." Then some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - he then said to the paralytic - "Stand up, take your bed and go to your home." And he stood up and went to his home. When the crowds saw it, they were filled with awe, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to human beings.

Matthew 9:1-8
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    • The healing of the paralysed man shows the power of Jesus to forgive sins. Jesus wants to renew every person with the gift of his healing grace just as he did for the paralytic. I can bring to Jesus the areas of my own life that need healing. He knows all of my struggles and even when life is not easy and I stumble, the gift of his forgiveness frees me from thinking of the past and gives me the grace to make a fresh start.
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    • Here are two things that sometimes bother me, Lord: a conscience that accuses me, and a paralytic weariness that keeps me from doing what I should. When you saw the paralytic laid before you, you looked first to his peace of soul. So much joy is hidden in those words: /Take heart, your sins are forgiven./ You told him that he enjoyed God’s approval and love, and the healing started there. When I know I am OK with God, I find the energy and strength to get on my feet and walk. Touch me in the same way, Lord.
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    • The paralytic could not have come to Jesus if he was not carried by others. These nameless others had faith in the power of Jesus to heal him. I too am carried by anonymous good people who have more faith than I. But I in my turn carry others also!
    • As I insert myself now into this story, where do I find myself? In the person of the paralytic? Or among those who carry him to Jesus? Or perhaps among the disbelieving and dismissive scribes. Or finally, among the crowds who see and believe, and who give glory to God acting through Jesus? Where does Jesus want to place me?