“But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth,” he said, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
Healing is for the sake of the afflicted, Lord, but also for the sake of those who witness it. People believe the miracles they see. Only you know our sins, and only you can forgive them. The scribes were truthful when they thought, “Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Did they realize afterwards that you were not blaspheming, but are, indeed, God? They must have, for they glorified you.
When the Priest says to me in Confession, “Your sins are forgiven,” I know that it is you who forgive me. You already know all my faults, but by naming them, I acknowledge that I have offended you and that I trust in your mercy.
Please help me to seek you in all things, that I might know Who You Are and who I am.