Be an Active Disciple
Our actions make a difference. Everyone has those days where it seems impossible to get out of bed, like the day is wasted away before it's even started. However, being a unique, special, child of God, what difference do you make laying around, ignoring the wonderful life God has given you. Each day becomes priority, to do as much good and seek joy every moment that's possible. Think about a snow day, as most of Southern Ontario is seeing today. You could use the day to sleep, to watch movies and relax, which isn't a bad thing. Then, you get another snow day the next day, where you have the choice to repeat the lazy day, or could get ahead in some work and be productive. Jesus tells us we need to be productive, to live each day to the fullest, to embrace life.
Today's Gospel states:'And when he returned to Caper'na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the paralytic -- "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"'(Mark 2:1-12).
In today's reading we hear how Jesus is actively helping the world. He heals the paralyzed man and helps him to walk again. It's in his words what we're supposed to do:Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk'? Every day, we have the chance to live as disciples, to share love and joy, to be sacrificial. What's better, to forgive someone, or to actively help repair the relationship, to live in faith and love with everyone. Take some time to reflect on areas you've been lazy in your active faith, and take a step. Ask God to help you be a light for others.
Today's prayer comes from 'Prayers for reparation' a prayer against slothfulness and lukewarmness:
O my God, I know well that so negligent a life as mine cannot please thee. I know that by my laziness and lukewarmness I have closed the door to the graces which thou dost desire to bestow upon me. O my God, do not reject me, as I deserve, but continue to be merciful toward me, and I will make great efforts to amend and to arise from this miserable state. In the future I will be more careful to overcome my passions, to follow thine inspirations, and never through slothfulness will I omit my duties, but will ever strive to fulfil them with greater diligence and fidelity. In short, I will from this time forward do all I can to please thee and will neglect nothing which I know to be pleasing to thee. Since thou, O my Jesus, hast been so liberal with thy graces toward me and hast deigned to give thy Blood and thy Life for me, I am sorry for having acted with so little generosity toward thee, who art worthy of all honour and all love. But O my Jesus, thou knowest my weakness. Help me with thy powerful grace; in thee I confide. O Immaculate Virgin Mary, help me to overcome myself and become a Saint. Amen.