- Published: Monday, 07 December 2015 12:17
- Written by Fr Raymond Anoliefo
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Reflection For Monday of 2nd Week Of Advent
Once again Jesus is in the midst of Pharisees and the teachers of the law. We are not told what they are conversing about, though a curious detail says, “they have come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem”. It is important to note that Jesus never tires of instructing us. He goes about doing good and hence people from all walks of life throng to listen to him. Do we desire to listen to Jesus and hear his word? There is every need for us this period of advent to always be conscious of his presence in and around us. Let us cultivate the habit of listening to him especially in the silence of our hearts. “Be still and know that I am God” Ps 46:10. Because in the presence of Jesus there is healing and anointing always.
As the gospel continues to unfold, some men attempt to bring in a paralyzed man in a most auspicious manner – through the roof!!! Due to the crowd, the men found it difficult to come to Jesus through the normal route. However, nothing was going to deter them or break their resolve to get their friend to Jesus.
Brethren, we must appreciate the value of true friendship. We may wish to ask, what are friends for, if not for the inconvenience??? These men would not take any discouraging factor as an excuse not to lead their friend to God. What are the obstacle(s) that prevent us from coming to Jesus? Do your friends lead you to Jesus? Or do they lead you away from Jesus? How much love and commitment can we invest in our friends? When people are down, like the paralyzed, do we look down on them, or do we desire to get them back to their feet? Do we desire the growth and success of one another or we love the P.H.D (Pull Him/Her Down) syndrome? The friends of the paralytic used even unconventional means to get succour for their friend.
When Jesus realized how much faith they had, he said “Man, your sins are forgiven”. This detail is very interesting.