Is. 35:1-10; Ps. 85:9-14; Lk. 5:17-26
“Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and justice shall look down from heaven. Justice shall walk before God, and salvation along the way of God’s steps.” Ps. 85:11-12, 14
In today’s Gospel from Luke the focus is on Jesus’ ministry to the poor, the sick and the neglected, not just the physically ill, but those who need spiritual healing, mercy and forgiveness. In forgiving and healing the man, Jesus was not proving Himself to be God, but showing that His ministry was to remove the religious barriers between God and humanity. Jesus goes against the rules and regulations of the Priests and Pharisees to bring about the reign of God. What rules and regulations do we challenge today to bring about the reign of God?
Jesus showed that people can approach God directly, having already received forgiveness without condition. The man with paralysis is a symbol of all of us who are seized by many forms of paralyses. When we approach God, God’s Spirit strengthens us and leads us to action. Sometimes we need others to nudge us, like the friends of the paralytic, to lead us to God or to open ourselves to get help.
Who will nudge me today and who will I nudge for the greater glory of God?
Today’s Advent reflection is by Roselyn Karakattu, SCN, Dharan, Nepal
Kiersten Kerr, Charity Alive, submitted the graphic