Monday of the Second week of Advent
Monday, 11th December 2017
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 5:17-26.
One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set (him) in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.
When he saw their faith, he said, "As for you, your sins are forgiven."
Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins''--he said to the man who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home."
He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today."
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Commentary and Reflection
"We have seen incredible things today"
Saint Gregory of Agrigente (c.559-594), Bishop
On Ecclesiastes, book 10, 2 ; PG 98, 1138
Light is sweet and it is good to see the sun with these eyes of flesh...; that is why Moses said: «And God saw the light and he said that it was good» (Gn 1:4)...
But how good it is for us to reflect on the great, the true and unchanging light "that enlightens everyone coming into the world" (Jn 1:9), namely Christ, the world's Savior and redeemer. Having disclosed himself before the eyes of the prophets, he became man and entered into the lowest depths of human existence. It is of him that the prophet David spoke: "Chant praise to God's name. Prepare a way for him who rises towards the west, whose name is the Lord; exult in his presence" (cf. Ps 68,5 Vg.). And Isaiah, too, cried out: "People who sit in darkness, behold this light. For you who dwell in the land of the shadow of death, a light will shine" (cf. 9:1)...
And so the light of the sun that is seen by these eyes of flesh makes known the spiritual Sun of Righteousness (Ml 3:20), the sweetest of all to rise on those who have the happiness of being taught by him and seeing him with their fleshly eyes when he dwelt among us like any ordinary man. Nevertheless, he was not just an ordinary man in that he was born true God, able to give back sight to the blind, cause the lame to walk, enable the deaf to hear, cleanse lepers and restore the dead to life by his word (Lk 7:22).