Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

February 23, A.D. 2003

Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24-25
Psalm 41:2-5,13-14
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Which is easier to say: 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk again'? (see Mark 2:9)

No doubt leaders of the local synagogue were pressed in close to Jesus testing His every word, searching for certain heresy, when the paralyzed man was presented. I can imagine everyone's great astonishment when Jesus forgave the man his sins, and then ordered him to stand up, pick up his mat and leave.

Living as we do in a world thoroughly awash in hedonism and sin, is it any wonder that faith seems to be waning? Is it any wonder that the struggle between good and evil has intensified and escalated, bringing us to the brink of world-wide war -- again? We know that Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life" through which salvation is offered to everyone. As we have learned from today's story, we must have complete faith in almighty God who can do what seems impossible: even to forgive us our sins.

What shall our response be? Shall we not seek to be healed? Shall we not reflect on the depth and extent of our faith? Shall we not renew our faith in the Great Healer of our souls? Shall we not express that faith and healing in all our dealings with everyone we meet today -- and every new day of our lives?

C'mon, c'mon, don't wait!

- Joachim


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