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Today’s Gospel
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Monday of the Second Week of Advent

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Gospel text (Lk 5:17-26): Some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed (...). But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing. And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set [him] in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven.”

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, “What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He stood up immediately before them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, “We have seen incredible things today.”

Illustration: Pau Morales

Today we admire these men approaching their paralyzed friend where Jesus Christ is. Surrounded by crowds; they cannot get in... But they do not give up: they get him in through the roof! Jesus was impressed and "seeing the faith of them, said: ' your sins are forgiven '».

-Christmas: our salvation comes from above, from Heaven: God-Son reincarnates! First, to forgive us. Then, by fulfilling God’s will, to overcome our many diseases and problems.