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Sunday 19th February, 2012
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time. G. Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25. Lord, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you—Ps 40(41):2-5, 13-14. 2 Corinthians 1:18-22. Mark 2:1-12.

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Often it seems Jesus’ enemies were quicker to understand him and to discern his meaning than were his friends

They were more active, too, in pursuing their hatred than his friends in proving their love. When, in the darkness of the night of his passion, he lay in a sweat of blood in an agony of fear, his friends slept. But how active his enemies were: their informer was at work and they awoke to receive his report; a cohort of the Temple guard had been requisitioned; their own servants had been mustered and armed.

We watch as Jesus cures the paralytic. The bystanders are loud in glorifying God when they see the stricken man respond to Jesus’ command to rise and walk. But the real drama had already been played, and its significance perceived by his enemies.

As soon as Jesus says, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, his enemies condemn him: ‘This man blasphemes; who can forgive sin but God alone?” But his friends are dazzled by the visible wonder rather than interiorly illumined by the spiritual marvel. It is only if we both watch and pray that we will ever understand Jesus’ action in our lives.



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