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Daily Prayer 2013-01-18
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A Man and His Friends
| SPIRITUAL LIFE
Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Father Paul Campbell, LC
returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that
he was at home. Many gathered together so that
there was no longer room for them, not even
around the door, and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by
four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the
crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After
they had broken through, they let down the mat
on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their
faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins
are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting
there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that
way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive
sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they
were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are
you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier,
to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and
walk’? But that you may know that the Son of
Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”—he said
to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up
your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up
his mat at once, and went away in the sight
of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God,
saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, thank you for this time to
be with you. I humbly offer you my intention
to set all my distractions aside so that I can
encounter you, my Lord and my God. I hope
in you and know that you could never let me
down. I love you and long to love you
with all of my strength. Aware of my misery and
weakness, I trust in your mercy and love.
Petition: Lord, increase my zeal for souls.
1. The Paralytic: One day, four men carried
a friend to Jesus. It made all the difference in
the world to the friend, for he was paralyzed
and was unable to approach Jesus on his own.
He had heard of the miracles Jesus had performed, but
had never seen them. His own healing was out
of the question: he couldn’t go to Jesus on his
own. Had his four friends not stepped in and
brought him to Jesus, he would never have been
cured. Their faith and love made his healing possible. Who
does Jesus want me to bring to him? Do
I invite people to prayer and adoration? Do I invite
people to Mass and confession?
Four Friends:These four men were not stopped by the
obstacles in their way. How long they traveled isn’t
mentioned, but even a short distance is tiring when carrying
a man on a mat. When they arrived at
the house, it was full of people who had traveled
to hear and see Jesus and to be cured
by him. It was impossible for the men to get
inside the house through the door, but they didn’t
give up. They didn’t quit. They carried their friend
up to the rooftop and lowered him down into the
house. By persevering we can achieve anything. Love knows
no boundaries or limits.
3. Jesus:God wants to
save so many people. He wants to bring real
healing into their lives, but he wants to heal
them through us. Jesus could have found the paralyzed man.
He chose, rather, to let the others bring the
man to him. Jesus wanted to heal him, but
without the charity in the hearts of the four men,
the healing might never have been accomplished. Who does
Jesus wish to encounter through me? How can I
be a better instrument of his love?
Christ: Lord, help me to realize more deeply
that you want me involved in salvation history. I’m
on the front lines. You entrust souls to me, and
you want to bless their lives through my prayers,
my sacrifices and my work. Increase my love for
these souls. They need my help and my fidelity. I
don’t want to let them down. Help me to
Resolution: I will
make a sacrifice today for the person most in
need of God’s grace.
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