“Your sins are forgiven, get up and walk.”

Matthew 9:1-8

In today’s reading, Jesus is accused of blasphemy for healing a paralytic man. He saw this man’s motives and desires, his physical need and his faith. He also saw those who brought him to Jesus and was moved by this, enabling him to walk again and go home.

Jesus is touched by a sincere heart and desires to make us well. What is he telling us to rise up from? Where is he telling us to walk?  Let us imagine ourselves in this scene and ask the trinity to guide our prayer of this scene.

Do we come before Jesus and allow him to see into our hearts, our own desires and motivations?  What does Jesus find there?  Do we experience forgiveness here?  Jesus, thank you for seeing us and loving us.  Please heal us where we need healing, so that we too can walk in faith, hope and love.

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  • July 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm
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    “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Mt 4:23)

    Jesus was teaching and preaching the good news of the kingdom, constantly moving/active/purposeful. Jesus not only proclaimed and explained the kingdom; he demonstrated God’s authority by healing the sick and expelling demons (v24). That he healed every diseases may mean every kind of sickness rather than every sick person. Are we prayerful to the point in believing miracles?

    Jesus begins where the people are: Where possible, Jesus worked through existing institutions. He taught in the synagogues, the educational and community centres of the day. For us, these may include our children’s school and playground, our parish, Verbum Dei, catechism classes (eg, home group meetings), & social justice organisations, even more so is our family home.

    Jesus ministers to His listeners both physically and spiritually (4:23-24)
    Many conservative Christians focus personal conversion but wrongly ignore the desperate physical needs around them (both for miracles and for social assistance/intervention). Many other churches focus heavily on societal injustices but neglect spiritual needs and personal human pain. Jesus cared about people in their totality/of their whole humanity and was concerned for their pressing needs, whatever that was. His example draws us to a more well-rounded service that preaches the gospel through evangelism and shows the gospel through ministries of compassion, justice and Spirit-empowered healing.

    Our Holy Triune God,
    Listen to our deepest hearts desire to lead our lives, truly Christlife as
    ●Holiness and purity
    ●Scriptural fidelity and evangelism
    ●Prayer and contemplation
    ●Integrating spirituality with daily living
    ●Social justice and cultural transformation
    ●Spiritual empowerment and gifting.
    May we devote work, business, family and community ministry to glorifying God.
    Mother Mary & all the Saints, pray for us. Amen.

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