Posted by: sisterbernice | January 14, 2011

Faith, love, hope

Another Friday, and another event filled day.  Many are up in arms over JPII’s beatification.  They are saying he didn’t act or didn’t act fast enough about the sex abuse cases and therefore, this is too soon, too fast,  unwarranted etc.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I think he is a saint and do understand his slowness to act.  In Poland, these accusations were used against good men by the communist regime.  He also, I think, could not imagine the widespread nature of it.  I don’t think many could. The abused could but if you aren’t inclined to see evil or look for evil, the blinders are thick.  I know, I think that is true of me and others.  It was true of the adults around the children being abused.  They couldn’t see.I don’t think that stops people from being good or from being saints.  It makes people human.  There is no solution to that, just as there is no ability to undo.

There is the ability to heal.  Faith, love and hope are powerful.  In today’s Gospel, we see one of the “ways” of the Lord.  He heals when asked.  First he heals the rift caused by sin, second he heals the physical.  And, we – we are left glorifying God. Our actions are to ask, to have faith, to love, to have hope.  These are powerful and so, I ask the Lord for help – for forgiveness and healing.I bring this to him in prayer. I hope for forgiveness and healing.  I look for signs like the crowd.  And, I give glory to God.  Amen.

Was not JP II a champion of faith, love and hope?  If we believe he did not do enough while on earth, why not pray to JP II right now as well, ask him to beg for help.  I already think he does.  But, if you are someone who was abused or who blames him for inaction or worse, pray to him now.  Tell him now what you went through, all of it, and if, you can, ask for his intercession.  There is no doubt he loved the Lord.  He, like us, can ask.  Unlike us, perhaps, he needs to ask at this time?

Mk 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days,
it became known that he was at home.
Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them,
not even around the door,
and he preached the word to them.
They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.
Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd,
they opened up the roof above him.
After they had broken through,
they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him,
“Child, your sins are forgiven.”
Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves,
“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming.
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus immediately knew in his mind what
they were thinking to themselves,
so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
–he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
They were all astounded
and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

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