Thursday 6 July 2017
St Maria Goretti.
Genesis 22:1-19. Psalm 114(116):1-6, 8-9. Matthew 9:1-8.
I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living — Psalm 114(116):1-6, 8-9.
‘Rise and walk.’
I was a guest at the home of a dear young friend, who happens to have suffered quadriplegia. At dawn, he called me to his bedroom and requested that I pull up the bed covers! His humility stirred my heart and I gave thanks for all my healthy faculties. The same lad taught me the intricacies of rugby league (at 70 I was new to the game!).
It is said that there is magic in action and this is testified in the gospel of today. The four friends carry the inert body of their friend up onto the roof and Jesus sees their faith. Not only is the paralytic man given strength, but the assembled crowd are witness to the glory of God, at Jesus’s word. Each of us can increase our faith in God’s care, by using the examen at a special time of day.