WE CAN HAVE TRUE PEACE
We need to ask ourselves what kind of a king or leader we want in our lives. From Scripture we know that the Israelites were looking for someone who would insure safety and security. Do we want someone who can safeguard us against sin, which alone can ultimately destroy us? Do we want someone who can give us everlasting security through eternal life?
In today's Gospel we hear about healing and forgiveness! Jesus is the treatment for each of us in our human weakness. When someone physically challenged was brought to Jesus because of the faith of his friends, Jesus did the unthinkable. First, He forgave the man's sins. The scribes regarded this as blasphemy because they understood that only God had the authority to forgive sins and to unbind a man from his burden of guilt. Jesus claimed an authority that came from God and He showed the power of God's redeeming love and mercy by healing the cripple of his physical ailment. This man had been crippled not only physically, but spiritually as well. Jesus freed him from his guilt and restored his body also.
The Lord Jesus is always there to fulfill us on our journey through life. Together, forgiveness and healing proclaim God's desire and intention to restore wholeness to every dimension of our lives. Jesus filled the yearnings for a King in Israel in a way which the people of that time could never have imagined. God is our true King and we must make Him the center and core of our lives and our hearts. In the Gospel today, Jesus heals a paralyzed man; something that can be proven to be true. When He does this He deepens our trust that His forgiveness is the only way by which we can have true peace.
We are reminded of this in the first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, "For we who believe enter into [His] rest" (Heb 4:3) and receive His everlasting peace. And so let us strive to enter in! May we not forget the deeds of God!