Thursday 2 July 2020

About Today Readings

Amos 7:10-17. The judgments of the Lord are true and all of them just – Psalm 18(19):8-11. Matthew 9:1-8.

‘Your sins are forgiven, get up and walk’

Jesus, in the complex scene which unfolds in today’s Gospel, reveals much about himself and his mission. In knowing the interior states of those around him, and, much more so, presuming to forgive sin, Jesus reveals himself as something far more than a prophet, miracle worker or good teacher. These are activities proper only to God.

The prophets call God’s people back to him and to faithful living, miracle workers exercise his power and teachers reflect on his law and its application. Jesus transcends these, calling others to himself, healing and teaching in his own name.

In light of this we are called to faith in Jesus, and ultimately to allow him to heal us. Equally we are challenged to extend this hope beyond ourselves, bringing those around us to him.

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