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Lent Day 20 – Do As He Said

by gary-foote on March 24, 2014

“if the prophet had told you to do something extraordinary, would you not have done it? All the more now, since he said to you, ‘Wash and be clean,’ should you do as he said.” – 2 Kings 5:13

Often times we look to the grandiose for God to work. We expect that the God who created the entire universe from nothing must always work in elaborate ways. But, sometimes the most extraordinary things that God does He does in the most ordinary of ways.

God tries to teach us this lesson repeatedly throughout the Sacred Scriptures. One such example is that of the Healing of the Paralytic:

One day as Jesus was teaching, Phariseesand teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set [him] in his presence.

But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, “What are you thinking in your hearts?

 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, “We have seen incredible things today.” – Luke 5:17-26

During this season of Lent, is your desire to be healed aligning with the extraordinarily ordinary way in which God has chosen to offer healing? Are you seeking something grandiose and not hearing the invitation to come be forgiven of your sins through the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Is Jesus saying to you, Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?

 Jesus gives us the Sacrament of Reconciliation through the ministry of the priesthood to be made new. “And when he had said this, he breathed on them (the Apostles, his first priests) and said to them, ‘Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.’” – John 20:22-23. The invitation to “wash and be clean” has been extended to us, all we have to do is “do as he said.”


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