St. Mary's Catholic Federation

St. Mary's Catholic Federation, Carshalton

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Spirituality

Spirituality

Daily Prayer - Week commencing 10th December 2018

Presence

"I stand at the door and knock," says the Lord.
What a wonderful privilege that the Lord of all creation desires to come to me.

I welcome His presence.

Freedom

A thick and shapeless tree-trunk would never believe that it could become a statue,
admired as a miracle of sculpture, and would never submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor, who sees by his genius what he can make of it. (Saint Ignatius)
I ask for the grace to let myself be shaped by my loving Creator.

 

Consciousness

Lord, you gave me the night to rest in sleep. In my waking hours may I not forget your goodness to me.
Guide me to share your blessings with others.

The Word of God Luke 5:17-26

One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’ Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, ‘Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven you”, or to say, “Stand up and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the one who was paralysed—‘I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home.’ Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God. Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen strange things today.’

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Jesus in his act of healing looks at the whole person. He recognised that the man’s paralysis was not just physical, but that he did not have the strength to make a positive act of faith.
  • There are times when we need to be helped to ask for healing, or to help others to do so. The friends of the paralytic went to exceptional lengths to bring their friend to Jesus. It was this faith to which Jesus responded, “And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.” When we forgive, and when we are forgiven, a crippling burden is lifted from our shoulders.
  • We need Christ’s healing grace to remover the things which paralyse us or stop us from following Him fully. Once healed we can, like the man in this episode, rise up and walk.

Conversation

Jesus, You are always there waiting for me. Sometimes I get bogged down with the concerns of this life.
Help me to be still more often - to know Your peace, Your calmness.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.