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Homily (Reflection) for Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (I) (18th January, 2019) on the Gospel
 
Heb 4:1-5.11;
Ps 77:3-4.6-8 (R. cf. v.7);
Mk 2:1-12.
Topic: Catch Jesus’ attention.
On Jesus’ return to Capernaum in today’s gospel, so many gathered around Him that there was no space, even in front of the door; and Jesus was preaching the word to them. It was at that point that four men brought a paralysed man to Jesus. And since they could not gain access through the door because of the crowd, they removed the roof, dug through it, and lowered the paralytic on the mat he laid.
Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic: “Son, your sins are forgiven” which provoked some thoughts among the scribes. He later said to the man, “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home”. The gospel reads further “And he [the man] stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’” (Mk 2:11, 12).
Imagine what would have happened if the men who brought the paralysed man stopped on way because of the crowd or any other reason. In the same vein, you may have done one thing and another yet without the desired positive result. Do not lose hope. Try the roof with faith. Jesus assures us that those who endure to the end will be saved, cf. Matt 10:22 .24:13; Mk 13:13. Again, “I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8) Even your enemies will be amazed and glorify God when you catch Jesus’ attention.
Bible Reading: Ps 116.
Thought for today: Pray always and not lose heart, cf. Lk 18:1.
Let us pray: Lord, help us keep our faith in the face of all challenges – Amen.
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