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Matthew 9:1-8

 

After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts? 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 then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.

 

Reflection

When the crowds saw. This They were Struck with Awe. Jesus heals the paralytic. The people are amazed; they glorify God. It is not only because he has cured the sick and has forgiven sins – both impossible for men and women – but also because they recognize God’s authority in Jesus.

People first see Jesus as a preacher. He has just come from a preaching mission. Before he can rest, they bring him a paralytic for healing. Without being explicitly asked, Jesus sees the man’s need and their faith and immediately utters words of forgiveness to the paralytic.

Some scribes object, considering it a blasphemy and deserving of censure or severe punishment. Only God can forgive sins.

To prove that he comes from God and is totally different from them, Jesus says to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home” (v 6). The man rises healed and goes home. The case is closed; the crowds are awestruck. As we say today, the incident goes viral.

 

We should recognize Jesus from God’s

perspective, not man’s.

 

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2016,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

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