Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time ‘a’
“After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there, people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic ‘Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.’” This is very interesting, isn’t it? I think that the main reason they brought a paralyzed man to Jesus was to heal his body and make him walk again, not to forgive his sins. The poor paralytic may have even thought to himself -- ok, my sins are forgiven, but how about my legs; this is why I am here. I think Jesus wants to teach us something very important here. He wants to tell us that for God the well-being of our spirit and soul is much more important than a heathy body. In the end, Jesus made that man walk again. But before He did that, He forgave him his sins. We too come to Christ asking for health, for successful surgery, for safety, and these prayers are very important. But before we ask for these things, we need to ask Jesus to forgive us and make our soul pure.