How can we have confidence to believe that Jesus is the way to reconciliation with the Father? Because, as in the gospel we read today, Jesus shows us the great and abiding love that he has for the lost, infirm and desolate.
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 him,
“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.”
We know far more about the authority of Jesus and his true nature than those who witnessed the healing of the paralytic. Yet, despite overwhelming evidence of God’s action in our lives, we are often not astounded. Are we just jaded?
Let us today open our hearts to Jesus, so that we too can be astounded by his mercy and glorify God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”