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Thursday, January 24, 2008

A little Gospel meditation.

Over the weekend, we had our pre-Confirmation retreat. The last thing we did before Mass was Adoration. (I, uh, adore Adoration. More on that later.) The first thing we did as we began the Adoration was to read a passage from Scripture.

It was this passage (which I offer from the D-R, because my views on the NAB are not...sanguine):

And again he entered into Capharnaum after some days. And it was heard that he was in the house, and many came together, so that there was no room; no, not even at the door; and he spoke to them the word. And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four. And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was; and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay. And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: Son, thy sins are forgiven thee.

And there were some of the scribes sitting there, and thinking in their hearts: Why doth this man speak thus? he blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only?

Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit, that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: Why think you these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say to thee: Arise, take up thy bed, and go into thy house. And immediately he arose; and taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all; so that all wondered and glorified God, saying: We never saw the like.

And the two thoughts that popped into my head were:

1- Sometimes we have to carry others in prayer maybe even if they don't want to be carried.
2- Sometimes we have to find ways to break through to where God awaits us.

In slightly different ways, both of these thoughts hinge on the concept of perseverance. "Constancy." One the one hand, carrying someone to God who might really, really not want to go takes a special kind of determination, as does not quitting when all avenues are seemingly closed.

This is apt because today I was musing on some slights suffered as I attempt to carry certain people in prayer. This is yet another case of God granting me consolation, of His telling me "You can always do My will, just keep at it."

Which we -- me chief among them -- really needed to remember more often.