Posted: 03 Jul 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he then said to the paralytic – “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. Matt 9:1-8
Reflection: God indeed forgives sins and he alone has the authority to do so.
No human being can forgive sins and they do not have the authority to do so on their own.
Why can’t human beings forgive sins like God?
It is the nature of sin that makes it impossible for human’s to interfere in the forgiveness process.
The primary aspect of this nature is the horizontal effect of sin and at the most we can forgive those who harm us but what happens to those who harm others or we harm others and the other doesn’t want to forgive?
Can God intervene in such a situation? God in Christ Jesus has purchased that right also and his beloved can avail of this with sincere repentance.
The second dimension of the nature of sin and its consequence is that when we sin we are going directly against God and his love for us. We are rejecting God’s love for ourselves.
And thus we invite many of our physical and psychological illnesses and diseases because at the root of it the human spirit is crushed and burdened with its sins.
Jesus through his sacrificial death on the cross ransomed us form this slavery to sin and decay and even shown us the way to the Father; the path of eternal life.
By the shedding of his blood we can now avail the forgiveness of all our sins and through this blood that is able to cleanse us we can now approach the presence of God. (cfr. Eph. 1:7; 3:12)
God’s life is now ours and we now share in this life through every sacramental participation because God through Christ Jesus has shared his very life with us. (cfr. Jn.10:10)
Prayer: Give us life, and we will call on thy name! Restore us, O Lord God of hosts! let thy face shine, that we may be saved! Ps 80:18-19
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