St Nicholas, bishop
2nd Week of Advent (C) : Monday 6th December 2021
Is. 35:1-10; Ps. 84:9-10,11-12,13-14;
Lk. 5:17-26 (Ps Wk II)
The friends of the sick man have deep faith. They firmly believe that Jesus can heal their friend. It may seem absurd to take apart a roof, but the sick man was able to meet Jesus by them doing this. When Jesus sees them, strangely, his first words are not about sickness but rather about sins. “My friend, your sins are forgiven you” (Lk. 5:20). Jesus first forgives the man his sins and then heals his body.
Illness can bring intense physical suffering. Sometimes, however, there is an even sharper pain in life. Our sins can result in great harm and suffering in our souls. We crave peace and fulfilment, but instead, we find lone- liness, anger, regret or fear. These can cause deep pain.
Jesus desires us to be healed in body and soul. He wants us to be at peace so that we can freely live out our calling. Advent is a time to take apart the roof and remove the obstacles to come closer to Jesus. These days are an opportunity to ask for forgiveness and healing.
This Advent, what do I need to bring most to the Sacrament of Reconciliation? This Advent, is there a particular wound in my life that needs Jesus’ healing touch?
Lord of healing and forgiveness, I want to meet You.