Friday, the 1st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Marguerite Bourgeoys
Readings for today’s Mass
And Jesus teaches us so many things in this scene. Maybe you are drawn to the message of forgiveness, or perhaps healing. Or maybe it’s the way Jesus “calls out” the Pharisees for their unbelief. But what about the message of friendship? It is easy to recognize the faith of the paralytic but what about the faith and devotion of the four friends who carried him there? Notice that the Gospel says, “Jesus saw their faith,” It’s just a small phrase but our Gospel writer and Jesus both recognize that not only did the paralytic have faith that Jesus would heal him but so did his friends. Those were some pretty awesome friends, willing to risk life and limb, protecting their friend as they raised him to roof, and gentling lowering him down into the Savior's embrace. I like to imagine their faces peering down into the home to watched what transpired next.
This leads me to ask: How can I be a better friend? Who are the friends in my life that are struggling and need to be “raised up” either in prayer, with a supportive conversation, or with a good deed? Who are the friends in my life that are willing to go to great lengths to help me? What can I do to thank them? Do I have a group of friends who share my faith and my beliefs?
Good, faithful and true friendships are necessary in life. We were made for community. We desire to be loved and accepted. True friendship means we not only receive love but also give it in return. Let’s examine our friendships today. How do we reflect God’s love to those we call friends? And how do our friendships help to bring us closer to Him?