Your sins are forgiven: Spend 5 with Jesus: January 13, 2023
Your sins are forgiven
What an amazing encounter we hear about in today’s gospel. It makes not only for a compelling story, but raises all types of questions about who the friends were, their relationship with the paralyzed man, and the very amazing scene of his being able to walk again. Wow.
I think it serves to remind us just how amazing it is that God forgives our sins. Helping the paralyzed man to walk was not really all that difficult in the scheme of things. But to help the paralyzed man receive the forgiveness that Jesus wants all to receive, that, that is tremendous indeed.
I do not know about you, but to forgive another for something really hurtful is not easy. But God’s love is so perfect, and his mercy so abundant, and his love so infinite, for God, this amazing mercy is what he offers to us constantly, as long as we are contrite and desiring to repent from sins.
Many parishes have confessions on Saturdays. This can be the time you could allow God to look you in the eyes and tell you that you are his beloved child. He can tell you that you have worth beyond all imagining. He can tell you that his love is more powerful than any sin you commit because he has won the victory.
It may also be the case that if you are thinking about going to confession, you may be worried because it has been a long time and you may have forgotten what to do. There are plenty of resources, but I’d suggest what the US bishops have on their website as a guide.
On the friar, you can listen to our homilies (based on the readings of the day) and reflections. You can also ask us to pray for you or to pray for others. You can subscribe to our website to be informed whenever we publish an update.