Which is easier to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven you,” or to say, “Rise, pick up your mat and follow me.
Good morning, Lord. In half an hour, I have to begin my prep for the CT scan, and then it will be time to leave. Be with me, Lord, and keep me alert to your will.
Here I am again, at last. Two people asked for my help after I returned this afternoon, but if they hadn’t, I still would have procrastinated. Thank you for making me a little useful.
When I leave my apartment and return, whether it’s for just an hour or all day, I don’t want to do anything. I need more stamina, Lord, but you always find some way to get me back on my feet. Thank you.
How appropriate is today’s reading, since tomorrow I will receive the Sacrament of Penance. As you did with the paralytic, you will heal my soul, first, and then my body. Please help me to prepare honestly and humbly to confess to you. Show me my faults, and make me truly sorry. I do not deserve your mercy; nothing I could do would earn it, but you, yourself, have already atoned for my sins. All I have to do is acknowledge them.
The friends of the paralyzed man were prodded to resourcefulness by their faith. Finding it impossible to get to the door, they burst through the roof. Let me follow their example and persevere no matter what obstacles I encounter. You will not keep me away when I trust in you.
Please help me to examine my life and learn how to participate more fully in yours. Thy will be done.