Sunday, 22 February 2009

Encounter the Word of God (Mk 2:1-12)

Like I try to do most weeks, I will briefly put out a few points which strike me at the gospel of today. I hope that these thoughts, which are not meant to be a talk/homily, give some food for thought for your own meditations...

In today's Gospel, coming from the second chapter of Mark, Jesus came back to Capernaum, he came home. Capernaum is the place were he lived as we know from Mat 4:13 and also Mat 17:27, where Peter pays the tax for himself and Jesus in Capernaum.

Anyway, as soon as he was home, word went out and the people from all over the town came to him. It says literally that Jesus "was speaking the Word to them". We read three weeks ago that Jesus being home in Capernaum "taught them as one who had authority". Jesus speaks the Word of God, and because He is the Word of God he has this authority. As soon as the people in the town heard he was back they didn't wait until he "He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath" but went straight to His house to hear him speak again and soon the house overflowed with people. They didn't wait until it was Sunday and had to go to mass, but rushed to him straight away...

Jesus speaks to us today in the same way as he did to them. We hear the Word of God proclaimed at mass, we hear an explanation of the teaching during the homily. But apart from that, we should read the bible and especially the New Testament ourselves as well, so we too rush towards him and don't delay. We will encounter the Word of God, and we too will come to his house and he will come to ours as he says... "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. (John 14:23 RSV)"

An other short point I wanted to touch on is the charity of the four men who brought the paralytic to Jesus. Charity, which is love, is the core of our Christian lives. Here we see that Jesus seeing the faith of the four men said to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven."

Faith, Hope and Charity are coming linked up very closely together. Through the faith the four men had in Jesus ability to heal the paralytic, to forgive his sins (as pointed out last week of the link between sin and physical deceases), the man was healed. And so we should have faith while helping others, that through our faith they might be healed...

Finally, I was really touched by the last line, as it is really the experience I had when I first came to belief in God: "We never saw anything like this!"

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