with a spirit of fervor sustain me,
that I may teach transgressors your ways
and sinners may return to you.
and my tongue shall ring out your goodness.
O Lord, open my lips
and my mouth shall declare your praise.
burnt offering from me you would refuse;
my sacrifice, a contrite spirit,
a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn.
Walk with Joyful heart with Jesus and Mary. Open your hearts and believe in the Resurrection
If we put ourselves into the story, how would we have reacted to the opening of the roof above our heads as if the roof is falling in? How would we have reacted if it was our house? How did Jesus react to the this event? We have to admire the determination of the bearers to encounter God. And that is the question for us, do we really make the effort to encounter God? Lent is a time set aside in the liturgical calender for us to make that effort to draw close to God. The gospel reminds us of this need to draw close to the healing power of God in our lives.
Are you the paralytic perhaps? The man was cured not just of the physical illness but also the social conditioning which would have seen the illness as divine retribution for sin. Jesus still calls out to each one of us to meet him in the sacraments of healing especially the Sacrament of Confession, he calls us out of the depression of our daily lives into the light of his love.
- Word on Fire
- English Dominicans
- Sunday Reflections
- Centre for Liturgy
- Renewal Ministries
- Blue Eyed Ennis - highly recommended reflection calling for us to blow a hole in the roof of the shelters we create around ourselves in our daily lives!
Saints of the Week
February 21st - St Peter Damian
February 22nd - Ash Wednesday (Day of Fast and Abstinence)
February 23rd - St Polycarp (Bishop and martyr)
February 24th - St Adela of Blois
February 25th - St Walburga