Monday of the 2nd week of Advent:
1st Reading Isaiah 35:1-10
Responsorial: Ps 85:9-14
Gospel Lk 5:17-26
Isaiah in the 1st reading described the glories, the joy, the happiness of being in the Lord, heaven is a beautiful place to be. Isaiah, said “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion singing:everlasting joy shall be upon their head:they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” With the words of Isaiah we should all be renewed and be reconciled with the Lord this Advent season, so we can be among the ransomed of the Lord who shall return and come to Zion singing.
The Gospel presents to us who Jesus reaĺly is, the Lord who has power both to forgive sins and to heal. This really got the Scribes and the Pharisees wondering on who this MAN is. But the crowd glorified Him. The message goes on.
Now let us look at the friends that made sure, by surmounting all obstacles, got the sick man through the roof to encounter JESUS. The faith they had in Jesus and the love they had for their friend, made them go the whole length to make sure that their friend got the healing. Infact it was their faith that healed the sick man. How far can we go to assist our friends in need?.
They did not see the crowd as the end of the road but were able to overcome the challenge posed by the crowd. No condition in life should bar us from focusing on approaching the Master. No matter the problem facing us, never be discouraged. There is always a way to meet JESUS.
“Lord Jesus, through your merciful love and forgiveness you bring healing and restoration to body, soul, and mind. May your healing power and love touch every area of my life – my innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and memories. Pardon my offenses and transform me in the power of your Holy Spirit that I may walk confidently in your truth and righteousness.”