“Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them…and he preached the word to them.”

Jesus returns to Capernaum, His home base, to preach (Mk 2:1-12).  While teaching to a large contingent in His home, four men bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus, getting to Him by disassembling the roof above Him.  Their faith leads Jesus to tell the disabled man that his sins are forgiven.  Knowing that the scribes present object to His claiming the ability to wipe away sins, Jesus calls them out and then, in order to prove His authority, physically heals the man, astounding all onlookers who react by glorifying God. First Jesus preached and then He healed.  This passage should remind us of Mass.  In the Liturgy of the Word we hear God’s word from the Bible with an exposition and application of the day’s Revelation in the homily.  In the Liturgy of the Eucharist the Word is made flesh and dwells among us (seen through the eyes of faith) bringing healing to souls open to and desiring spiritual repair.  People of Jesus’ day flocked to Him to hear His preaching and be fed by it.  Let us pray and act to get more people, professed Christians or otherwise, excited about the Word of God and into church where truth and healing are available that the world cannot give.

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