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Daily Prayer 2015-07-02
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Fathoming Christ’s Mercy
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
July 2, 2015. Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord,
I come to you in this meditation ready to do
whatever it is you ask. Left to myself I often
take the easy and convenient path, yet I know the
way of a Christian is through the narrow gate. In
you I find the reason to abandon the easy path
for a more perfect mission of love. I’m ready to
learn the meaning of your command: “Follow me.”
Lord, grant me a deeper experience of your mercy.
- Crippled by Control: For St. Jerome, physical paralysis is an
image of man’s inability to return to God by his
own efforts. It is man’s inability to create his own
salvation, to set the terms by which he can say
he has made peace with God. The paralysis is meant
to speak more to the Pharisees about their souls than
to the cripple who bears it. Christ saw stagnation in
the Pharisees’ hearts. They wanted to put God in a
box, where their relationship with him could neatly accommodate their
status and comforts. We, like the Pharisees, like our routine.
We like to coast in our spiritual life and dislike
having to adjust to God’s asking for more faith, trust
or charity. For saintly souls, Christ is ever new; they
are always being asked for more, and new experiences of
Christ fill them as a result. Their love never goes
stale since they refuse to control what God can do
- The Only Real Problem Is Sin:
The paralytic and his companions arrive concerned only about his
physical condition. This is not, however, what is first on
Christ’s priority list. What is first, rather, is the man’s
state of soul. For God the problem of life is
not about problems. Problems are merely the pretexts he sends
us to heal and develop our relationship with him: “Your
sins are forgiven.” The problem of life is all about
holiness and about removing the chief obstacle to holiness: sin.
Deep down, the only things that can hurt us are
the obstacles of sin and an egoistic lifestyle.
- Awaiting God’s Replies: The pause between “Courage, child, your sins
are forgiven you” and the cure of the paralysis initially
may have caused disappointment in those unfamiliar with Christ’s way
of working. In that wait our response to God comes,
and our part in the plan of salvation is played
out. Instant gratification of a child’s wants spoils the meaning
of his parents’ gift of loving support. To arrive to
Christian maturity, we must form the virtues of faith and
trust. Seeking cures must be sought more as part of
God’s will than as our own self-centered relief effort. This
takes time. Yet even in that pause, in the dark
night of faith, something is happening. While miracles are on
the way, we are being changed. The command to rise
seems only to confirm or make visible something that has
already occurred in the paralytic’s soul: through faith and trust,
Christ reigns over his soul.
Conversation with Christ: Lord,
I know that in you alone I shall rise, because
only you can conquer sin in me. For my part,
like St. Paul, I have sought to fight the good
fight, strengthened by your grace and mercy. Help me to
accept every difficulty as a new chance to purify my
heart and sanctify my soul.
Resolution: Today I will
remember to avoid rash and judgmental thoughts of others. As
I do so I will keep in my heart the
merciful dispositions of Christ’s heart.
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