A Man and His Friends
I will make a sacrifice today for the person most in need of God’s grace
by Father Paul Campbell, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Introductory Prayer: Jesus, thank you for this time to be with you. I humbly offer
you my intention to set all my distractions aside so that I can encounter you, my Lord and my God. I
hope in you and know that you could never let me down. I love you and long Help me to put aside all
distractions and to be present. Open my heart to hear your word. Strengthen my will to love you with
all of my strength. Don’t let me be mediocre in my surrender to your will today. Aware of my misery
and weakness, I trust in your mercy and love.
Lord, increase my zeal for souls.
Paralytic:. One day, four men carried a friend to Jesus. It made all the
difference in the world to the friend, for he was paralyzed and was unable to approach Jesus on his
own. He had heard of the miracles Jesus had performed, but had never seen them. His own healing was
out of the question. H: he couldn’t go to Jesus on his own. Had his four friends not stepped in and
brought him to Jesus, he would never have been cured. Their faith and love made his healing
possible. Who does Jesus want me to bring to him? Do I invite people to prayer and adoration? Do I
invite people to Mass and confession?
2. The Four
Friends:. These four men were not stopped by the obstacles in their way.
How long they traveled isn’t mentioned, but even a short distance is tiring when carrying a man on a
mat. When they arrived at the house, it was full of people who had traveled to hear and see Jesus
and to be cured by him. It was impossible for the men to get inside the house through the door, but
they didn’t give up. They didn’t quit. They carried their friend up to the rooftop and lowered him
down into the house. By persevering we can achieve anything. Love knows no boundaries or
3. Jesus:.The Faith That Saves
God wants to save so many people. He wants to bring real healing into their lives, but he
wants to heal them through us. Jesus could have found the paralyzed man. He chose, rather, to let
the others bring the man to him. Jesus wanted to heal him, but without the charity in the hearts of
the four men, the healing might never have been accomplished. Who does Jesus wish to encounter
through me? How can I be a better instrument of his love?
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to realize more deeply that you want me
involved in salvation history. I’m on the front lines. You entrust souls to me, and you want to
bless their lives through my prayers, my sacrifices and my work. Increase my love for these souls.
They need my help and my fidelity. I don’t want to let them down. Help me to be
Resolution: I will make a
sacrifice today for the person most in need of God’s grace.
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