Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
February 23, A.D. 2003
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
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!
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