A Man and His Friends
Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
I will make a sacrifice today for the person most in need of God's grace.
by Father Paul Campbell, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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 to
love you with all of my strength. Aware of my misery and weakness, I trust in your mercy and
Lord, increase my zeal for souls.
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: 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 limits.
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
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 faithful.
I will make a sacrifice today for the person
most in need of God's grace.
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