Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
Posted by prepareformass on February 16, 2009
Prepare for Mass – February 22, 2009 – (2/22/2009)
Sunday, February 22, is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time on the Church’s calendar. This day we remember how Jesus healed the paralytic. (Mk2:1-12)
Everybody wants to be happy. As the days pass, we often don’t give God a second thought. When things are going good, we get very comfortable. We think that we have the power to bring about our own happiness. In pride, we think we have all the answers. When things are going good, it is easy for us to think we don’t need God. We turn away from God and before we know it one tiny sin leads to another larger sin. We can fix anything if we just work harder. If we can’t fix it, we’re probably just not working hard enough.
Each day brings more and more challenges. The easy fix gradually becomes not so easy anymore.
If we can’t fix it ourselves, it has gotta be somebody else’s fault. Our pride won’t let us believe otherwise. Our pride won’t allow us to turn outside of ourselves to a God who we can’t see. This same pride can also lead us into self righteousness. It can turn us against those in need. If you hang out in Christian circles long enough, you’ll be sure to hear groups attacking this person or that person because their values don’t line up. It is easier to be against somebody who is misguided than it is to stand with them and guide them towards the Truth that will ultimately lead people to positive change.
Pride doesn’t really have any use in true faith in God. It leads to resentment which eventually becomes anger. The happiness that we hoped for is now nowhere to be found. It is a distant memory lost back in the idealistic days of our youth.
This is your life. Are you who you want to be?
We eventually come to realize that we need God in our lives to fill that emptiness. We need his pity. We need him to forgive us of our sins.
We gotta be willing to take some hits.
It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!”
God doesn’t count our past sins against us. Be willing to take the hit. But, “keep moving forward”.
Breathe Into Me
We come to know that only God can forgive us of our sins. He records our sins in pencil because he is faithful to us and bids us to turn to his mercy. The only social security we have is in Christ.
Is 43:25 – It is I, I, who wipe out, for my own sake, your offenses; your sins I remember no more.
Ps 41:4 – Once I prayed, “LORD, have mercy on me; heal me, I have sinned against you.
When your down and troubled, paralyzed by sin, when nothing is going right, it is good to have friends who are right with God who will have pity on you, pick you up, and drop you at the feet of Jesus. It would be good to have friends like the four who found the only way into Peter’s house was through the roof when all the doors were blocked. They needed to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus so badly that a blocked door would not stop them.
The Healing of the Paralytic
Jesus is the only one that can lift the paralysis caused by our sins.
Mark 2:9-12 -Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”– he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone.
United by the desire for happiness, paralyzed by our sins, we all live in hope that our friends will be there to guide us to Jesus when we are most in need of his healing.