This healing of a paralytic is a beloved and striking miracle. We can imagine the house where Jesus was staying in Capernaum packed with people; and then all the commotion when they were lowering the guy through the roof, and even more when he got up, picked up his mat, and walked out!
I hope and pray you love your parish Church! I hope it’s a beautiful space and that you feel at home there. As restrictions are lifting, we all should be going back to Sunday Masses in our parishes in as much as one can safely go. Some places this may not be possible yet, and for some people it still may not be safe. Our local parish churches should be beautiful…I don’t mean lavish or luxurious, but rather places of peace for celebrating the Eucharist and the Sacrifice of the New and Eternal Covenant.
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Joseph had longed for that moment for a long time. This journey to the Temple would be another important act in his sacred duty as a Jewish father. He had named the boy and presented Him to the Lord the Temple twelve years before. The boy had been so receptive as Mary and he had schooled Him the ways of the Covenant. At the synagogue, as they heard the Torah and prayed psalms, it seemed that the boy was remembering something that was already deep inside Him. They knew well what the Angel had told them of the boy. Still, to see Him maturing in wisdom and grace was both wondrous and surprising. Now it was time to bring Him to the Temple again. A great moment; yet perhaps they should have expected the unexpected.
In the early centuries of the Church there were some very difficult times, as faithful believers tried to express what we really believe about Christ. Particularly, how to begin to grasp the meaning and put into words, that in Jesus, God comes to us, revealing that the One God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! How is Jesus both fully God and fully Man?
The celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is not one of the major Marian Feasts of the Year, like the Immaculate Conception or the Assumption, yet the reverence of Mary as Our Lady of Mount Carmel is one of the most widespread devotions found around the whole world. I have often wondered why that is...
The other day I went running at 6 am. It was a beautiful summer morning. The sun had just risen and the birds were singing as I was passing through a green field. GLORIOUS! I knew I was surrounded by the presence of the Lord.