Today is the last Sunday in ordinary time. Lent begins on Wednesday.
The Gospel today is about Jesus healing the paralytic man. I love that Gospel and I love the way the movie "Jesus of Nazareth" portrays the miracle. We are going to watch it today.
For us, the message is that we are all in need of healing. We are, by the very fact that we have a sinful nature, paralytics of a sort.
The story of Dick and Rick Hoyt is a story that has been around for a long time. I just thought it was a good illustration of how sometimes God heals the paralytic and sometimes He uses the paralytic to heal us.
The second video uses the same music but shows scenes from "Jesus of Nazareth". I just thought it was a nice job.
When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
"Child, your sins are forgiven."
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
"Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
Jesus immediately knew in his mind
what they were thinking to themselves,
so he said, "Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise, pick up your mat and walk?'
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth"
—he said to the paralytic,
"I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home."
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this."