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Thursday of the 13th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Thursday of the 13th Week in the Ordinary Time 

July 4, 2019


Gen 22: 1-19

Ps 114: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

Mt 9:1-8


After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Courage, child, your sins are forgiven." At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, "This man is blaspheming." Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, "Why do you harbor evil thoughts? 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 then said to the paralytic, "Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.


Healing the Person- Body and Soul


Today we have the passage from Mathew where Jesus is healing a paralytic man. Jesus had been asked to leave the land of Gadarenes since he allowed the demons to enter the pigs and they died throwing themselves into the sea. Since they lost their business due to the loss of pigs Jesus was asked to leave. And Jesus obliges. He comes to Capernaum again. There this paralytic was brought to Jesus by his friends. Seeing the faith of the friends Jesus tells him, “Take heart, my son. Your sins are forgiven.”


Naturally the Scribes are scandalized since only God can forgive sins. Here is a man who proclaims “Your sins are forgiven.” Jesus could easily heal the paralytic just by a word and thus could avoid controversies. But Jesus is different. He does not see any body as we see. When he heals he heals the total person, not just the body. Today there are many people who think that they are their bodies. Satisfying the bodily needs and desires occupies prime concern to them.


Man is his body, mind and soul. When somebody is healed he should be healed in his totality. The paralysis of the soul and the mind can be more dangerous to the person than his physical illness. When the wholeness is restored he comes back to the state of the child of God. So Jesus tells him, “My son, take heart”. He becomes a child of God when his sins are forgiven. The crippled who was looked down at by his family and the society considering him a burden, now becomes the child of God.


Jesus wants to heal you and me. We are also crippled and bedridden. We are also considered a burden to the family and the society some times. But Jesus sweetly calls me, “My son”. Let us submit ourselves to the mercy of the Lord so that he may bring us also back to wholeness. 


Dr. Martin Mallathu CMI


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