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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent Download This Homily

December 10, 2018

Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent

 

Isaiah 35:1-10 ;

Psalm 85:9-14;

Gospel Lk 5:17-26


One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven." 

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies?  Who but God alone can forgive sins?" Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"– he said to the one who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." 

He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today."

 

 

“Seeing Their Faith”

 

Advent is that God is coming towards us. Prophet Isaiah foretold the scene describing the pleasant surprises on the creation followed by the advent of the Lord. Human beings will take heart, be strengthened and respond like any other creatures.  We are being saved, ransomed, and crowned with joy.  This is God’s recompense and vindication for those who wait and are faithful.  Jesus’ presence calls forth this freedom, this healing and wholeness. Jesus forgives and heals when he sees the faith of the paralytic’s friends lowering him through the roof.


“Seeing their faith,” Jesus turns to the paralyzed man and tells him that his sins are forgiven. First of all, note that faith is something that should be visible. The four stretcher carriers believed that Jesus was, at the very least, a mighty man of God who could help their friend. But this belief manifested itself in resolute, persistent, conspicuous action. This faith was united with charity, since they had gone to such great lengths not for themselves but for their unfortunate friend. So a tormented man who had to be carried to Jesus walked away bearing his own stretcher and free as a bird. It would never have happened, if his faith-filled friends had not cared enough to risk ridicule and disappointment to bring him to Jesus.


This gospel story of the paralytic should also wake us up to the real nature of sin. For sin is not just a demerit. It is the separation of a person from God, who is our source of life and energy. God’s Holy Spirit is “the force” that imparts us life and strength and vigor. Sin means missing the mark or veering away from our goal. Although sin is the result of a decision, we are not wholly responsible for it. It includes many aspects of our human conditions. It may result from hereditary and environmental conditions (original sin) such as fear, insecurity, ignorance and lack of freedom. It also comes from our own decisions due to stubbornness, laziness, envy, lust and pride. These are the times when we choose to say ‘yes’ to sin due to our failure to resist its attractions. Whatever may be the situation, we often miss the mark and the result is paralyzing our spirit.  Sin always drains the life right out of us. As we walk away from God, we grow spiritually weaker and weaker till we come to the point that we no longer have the strength to walk back home to our Father.


To sin is one thing. To remain bound in sin is another. God always offers forgiveness. It is demonstrated by Jesus in this parable. The English word ‘for-give’ captures well in our relation to each other. To love is to give oneself for another. To ‘for-give’ is to continue giving ourselves as God does, even to someone who is offending us. This is what Jesus did and we are asked to do. We need forgiveness from God for our sins and we have to extend this forgiveness to our fellowmen as the preparation to Christmas.


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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