Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (06th July, 2017) on the Gospel

Gen 22:1-19;
Ps 114:1-6.8-9. (R. v. 9);
Matt 9:1-8.
Topic: Healing through reconciliation.
It is a common belief among the Jews that bodily ailments are connected to sin, cf. Jn 9:2. Saint Paul also warned that sin could cause weakness, illness, and even death, cf. 1Cor 11:30. And in today’s gospel, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
God created man and woman in His own image and likeness, and remarked that everything He made was very good, cf. Gen 1:27. 31. However, sin brings disorder. Adam who rightly described Eve as the bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh presented her to the fierce wrath of God as problem when sin set  in, cf. Gen 2:23. 3: 11-12.
While looking for miracles, it will be better to go through seeking the face of God who performs miracles (forgiveness). Both the prayers and sacrifices of the unrighteous are abominations before God, cf. Prov 15:8. 21:27. 28:9. God also questioned the wicked, “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?” (Ps 50:16).
Jesus advised all to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, that every other thing shall be ours as well, cf. Matt 6:33. However, it is wrong to conclude that every sickness is as a result of sin, Jn 9:3.
Bible Reading: Ps 50.
Thought for today: Seek God for He has everything.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to search for you above every other thing – Amen.
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