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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 10, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 5:17-26

A reflection on today's Scripture:

We have seen incredible things today. (Luke 5:26)

An important point that is not always emphasized in religion classes is that God made us in His image to share with us His glorious life, a life that expresses His love and truth and results in a world pervaded by equity, justice and peace. Jesus Christ, God who came to us in human flesh, lived in moral perfection, a goal toward which we who have fallen into sin should, through His grace, strive to achieve.

This is difficult because it requires self-denial, a faithful obedience to God's living Word, and, like Christ, to abide in loving humility and deep respect toward our Father and all mankind. In summary, God wishes to restore "broken" humanity to the wholeness and purity of heart in which He created us to exist.

This "wholeness" is seen in today's Gospel wherein Jesus is asked to heal a paralytic, brought to Him with great difficulty by his friends. Christ begins by assuring the cripple that his sins are forgiven. This angered the scribes and Pharisees, who saw this as blasphemy because only God has the power to forgive. They continued, in their blindness to Christ's divine nature, despite His many miraculous healings and His deep, loving, personal knowledge of God.

The most important point for us to see is that God's healing encompasses the entire person, body and soul. Jesus first remits this man's sins to free him from any spiritual obstacles such as fear or guilt standing in the way of his accepting the physical healing. Jesus cleared the ground so the man could assume his new life with the moral strength needed to adjust to the many changes and responsibilities he now faced.

Merciful God, we thank you for Your forgiveness and grace that removes all that hinders us from living fully in the new life we have received through Your Son and Spirit. Amen.

- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
email: mlbocko(at)earthlink(dot)net

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