Mark 2:1-12Introductory Prayer:
Lord, I know that you are moved by human suffering. What’s more, I know that you suffer when you see me paralyzed –handicapped by egotism and sinfulness. So I turn to you now, with filial confidence and love, certain of your love for me and unfailing good will. Thank you, Lord. I offer you my lowly self in return, knowing this pleases you.Petition:
Lord, help me to overcome the obstacles that paralyze me as your apostle.
Give me the faith, courage, ingenuity, and will to overcome them.1. The Principles of Life and Movement:
“The fundamental law of life for a man or woman of the Kingdom consists in growth and conquest, for these are intrinsic to the Christian vocation. The first condition Christ lays down if we would be his followers is the need to deny ourselves and die to ourselves daily. And when he speaks about the Kingdom of God, He reaffirms this law of growth. The Kingdom is the seed that is cast into the earth and day and night never stops growing; it is the yeast that is constantly at work transforming the dough. God´s grace is a principle of life and movement, which is injected into the Christian and causes him to grow continually. Sometimes we stop growing spiritually because we reject God’s grace, or tire of serving others in need. Thus paralysis sets in.2. The Mustard Seed of Faith:
Let us recall the times of paralysis, in which some generous and faithful soul led me to Christ who restored life to my limbs! Let us never stop rising above ourselves, and let us be ready to do the same for others. “Anyone who really wants to rise out of this morass, and heal his spiritual paralysis and apostolic sterility should keep his eyes on the ideal he must follow —taken flesh in Christ. Christ never stops giving. He never refuses water to those seeds of faith germinating in the hearts of the paralyzed.3. Breaking Through the Obstacles:
Faith is contagious. It is beautiful to see the determination and ingenuity of the paralytic’s friends. They are willing to do anything to get their friend in front of Christ. The desire to transmit grace the principle of interior life and movement should encourage us to break through all obstacles. This same desire that was enough to keep Pope John Paul II active and constantly giving, long after his body was hampered by physical paralysis.Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I want to be a conduit of your grace by bringing others to you. Give me the gift of faith so as to believe in your power more than in the reality of obstacles that would paralyze me.Resolution:
I will bring another person to Christ today, either by speaking about Christ directly or by giving an example of supernatural charity.