The Paralytic Versus the Pharisees
Luke 5: 17-26
Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Today I will look for solutions to the problems that come my way, and I will renew my intention to perform my duties for God’s glory throughout the day.
by Father Frank Formolo, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Lord you are the author of all things and you
have power to forgive sins. Though my faith is still weak I do believe in you. And I also trust in
your goodness and mercy. Here I am before you in prayer, longing once more to love you with all my
mind, heart, soul and strength.
Lord, help me to seek you in my
life above all else.
1. The Pharisees’ Faith:
The Pharisees sat in front of
Christ watching him cure the sick. Earlier they had seen many other miracles, but despite what they
saw they could not bring themselves to believe in Christ. Miracle after miracle couldn’t change
their mind. Jesus decides to give them a decisive miracle so that they will believe. He decides to
cure the paralytic to show his power to forgive sins. Since disease for the Pharisees was a sign of
sin, they should have been ready to accept Jesus’ message of healing and forgiveness. But they were
too wrapped up in seeking their own plans and protecting their own honor to discern God’s loving
mercy behind what they witnessed. How often do we want God to give us a sign so we can follow his
plan? And how often are we not open to what he tells us, simply and directly because we’re too
focused on achieving our own plans?
2. The Paralytic’s Faith:
The paralytic needed
no signs. He believed Jesus could help him. His faith was so strong he would not let the
difficulties overcome him. He couldn’t walk so he found someone to carry him. When he arrived he
couldn’t get to Christ, so his men brought him in through the roof. He was determined to see Christ
because he knew what Christ could do for him. His faith was so strong it moved him to action. He had
a living faith, which goes far beyond mere ideas. His faith moved him to find our Lord no matter the
difficulties. What have I done to seek Christ, to meet him face to face? What have I been
prepared to do in order to receive his grace? Do I give up my prayer or my apostolate at the first
3. For God’s Glory:
Jesus didn’t perform this miracle for himself
or his own glory. He sought only God’s glory. We see how everyone glorifies God after the miracle.
It’s almost as if Christ is forgotten. Christ sought only to do what would glorify the Father. How
often do we seek our own glory when we work on the apostolate or perform an act of charity? How
often do we hope someone will remember us and say “Thank You” although we are here to build Christ’s
Kingdom for God’s glory alone? We need to constantly renew our purity of intention.
Dialogue with Christ:
Lord, how great was the faith of the paralytic! He was
enough to find you and strong enough in his faith that nothing
keep him from you. Grant me the gift of a humble heart
and a strong faith so I can be
constant and dedicated in
seeking to encounter you in my life and in fulfilling your
will for your glory and the good of others alone.
Today I will look for solutions to the problems that come my
way, and I will renew my intention to perform my duties for God’s glory throughout the
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