Friday 18th January, 2013
Day of penance. Hebrews 4:1-5, 11. Do not forget the works of the Lord! - Ps 77(78):3-4, 6-8. Mark 2:1-12.
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‘My child, your sins are forgiven.’
This is one of the great gospel stories. Jesus joins together healing and forgiveness. He did not mean that the man’s condition was some punishment for sin. But he showed that healing and forgiveness go hand-in-hand.
The healing that forgiveness brings is not so much a physical healing, but a healing of the heart and soul. That which weighs us down and prevents us from walking and standing tall can be lifted from us through the process of forgiveness. When we experience the love and mercy of God and one another, we can live our lives again with greater freedom to love and serve those around us.