2. Riconosci il tuo destino.
(2) – Non sei creato per il tempo ma per l’eternità; sei destinato a partecipare
all’immutabilità ed eternità di Dio. Scopo del tempo è quello di prepararti alla beatitudine
eterna. La tua vita è come l’acqua del fiume, che trova riposo solo nel mare della felicità
Mentre assisti giorno per giorno al disfacimento del tuo corpo, tua abitazione sulla terra,
sappi che riceverai un’abitazione eterna.
O stolti e insensati gli uomini, che non pensano al cielo e vivono come se fossero creati solo
per fabbricare case, piantar alberi e accumular denaro!
Il mondo non è fine a se stesso, è una sala d’attesa.
1. Il senso della vita.
(1) – Troppo spesso ti agiti e ti affanni per troppe cose, eppure una sola cosa è necessaria. I
santi hanno scelto la parte migliore. (Lc 10, 42).Se vuoi dare un senso alla vita guarda avanti,
al fine per cui ti è stata data: Che senso avrebbe un viaggio se non guardi alla meta? Mettiti
al di fuori di questa vita che fugge per giudicarla con saggezza e non lasciarti dominare da essa. Solo credendo in Dio troverai la soluzione dei problemi più importanti della tua esistenza, primo fra tutti il senso della vita.
This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof. Exo. 12:43
We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. Heb. 13:10
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
At that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise. But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometime were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Eph. 2:12, 13
For he is our peace, who hath made both one…. having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace. Eph. 2:14, 15
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. Eph. 2:19
If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Rev. 3:20
[Jesus] prayed the third time, saying the same words. Matt. 26:44
Who in the days of his flesh … offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death. Heb. 5:7
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD. Hos. 6:3
Continuing instant in prayer. Rom. 12:12
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication. Eph. 6:18
By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6, 7
Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matt. 26:39
This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. I John 5:14
July 2, 2020
Thursday of the Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time
Readings for Today
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2b
This story concludes with Jesus healing the paralytic and telling him to “rise, pick up your stretcher and go home.” The man does just that and the crowds are amazed.
There are two miracles that happen here. One is physical and one is spiritual. The spiritual one is that this man’s sins are forgiven. The physical one is the healing of his paralysis.
Which of these miracles are more important? Which one do you think the man desired the most?
It’s hard to answer the second question since we do not know the man’s thoughts, but the first question is easy. The spiritual healing, the forgiveness of his sins, is by far the most important of these two miracles. It’s the most significant because it has eternal consequences for his soul.
For most of us, it’s easy to pray to God for things like a physical healing or the like. We may find it quite easy to ask for favors and blessings from God. But how easy is it for us to ask for forgiveness? This may be harder to do for many because it requires an initial act of humility on our part. It requires that we first acknowledge we are sinners in need of forgiveness.
Acknowledging our need for forgiveness takes courage, but this courage is a great virtue and reveals a great strength of character on our part. Coming to Jesus to seek His mercy and forgiveness in our lives is the most important prayer we can pray and the foundation of all the rest of our prayers.
Reflect, today, upon how courageous you are in asking God for forgiveness and how humbly you are willing to acknowledge your sin. Making an act of humility like this is one of the most important things you can do.
Lord, give me courage. Give me courage, especially, to humble myself before You and to acknowledge all my sin. In this humble acknowledgment, help me to also seek Your daily forgiveness in my life. Jesus, I trust in You.
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Daily Reading & Meditation
1 And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city. 2 And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, `Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, `Rise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” — he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” 7 And he rose and went home. 8 When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
Meditation: What cripples the mind and heart and stifles the healing power of love? Sin and unforgiveness for certain! Sin cripples us more than any physical ailment can. Sin is the work of the kingdom of darkness and it holds us in eternal bondage. There is only one solution and that is the healing, cleansing power of Jesus’ forgiveness.
Power of forgiveness
Jesus’ treatment of sinners upset the religious teachers of the day. When a cripple was brought to Jesus because of the faith of his friends, Jesus did the unthinkable. He first forgave the man his sins. The scribes regarded this as blasphemy because they understood that only God had authority to forgive sins and to unbind a man or woman from their burden of guilt. Jesus claimed an authority which only God could rightfully give. Jesus not only proved that his authority came from God, he showed the great power of God’s redeeming love and mercy by healing the cripple of his physical ailment. This man had been crippled not only physically, but spiritually as well. Jesus freed him from his burden of guilt and restored his body as well.
Healing body, mind, and soul
The Lord Jesus is ever ready to bring us healing of mind, body, and soul. His grace brings us freedom from the power of sin and from bondage to harmful desires and addictions. Do you allow anything to keep you from Jesus’ healing power?
“Lord Jesus, through your merciful love and forgiveness you bring healing and restoration to body, mind, and soul. May your healing power and love touch every area of my life – my innermost thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and memories. Pardon my offences and transform me in the power of your Holy Spirit that I may walk confidently in your truth and goodness.”
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Healing of soul and body, by Hilary of Poitiers (315-367 AD)
“Now in the narrative of the paralytic a number of people are brought forward for healing. Jesus’ words of healing are worthy of reflection. The paralytic is not told, ‘Be healed.’ He is not told, ‘Rise and walk.’ But he is told, ‘Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven you.’ The paralytic is a descendant of the original man, Adam. In one person, Christ, all the sins of Adam are forgiven. In this case the person to be healed is brought forward by ministering angels. In this case, too, he is called a son, because he is God’s first work. The sins of his soul are forgiven him, and pardon of the first transgression is granted. We do not believe the paralytic committed any sin [that resulted in his illness], especially since the Lord said elsewhere that blindness from birth had not been contracted from someone’s sin or that of his parents” [John 9:1-3]. (excerpt from commentary ON MATTHEW 8.5)
Meditations may be freely reprinted for non-commercial use – please cite: copyright (c) 2020 Servants of the Word, source: dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org, author Don Schwager