There’s healing…and then there’s healing!

This Sunday, February 22nd, is the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Next week we begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 25th. 


If not on a Sunday, February 22nd is celebrated as the Feast of the Chair of Peter.  It is a feast of the authority that Christ entrusted to Peter [“Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church…”] symbolized by the handing over of the keys of the kingdom [“Whatever you bind on earth…”]. 


This Sunday a paralytic man is brought to Jesus, and Our Lord heals him.  In the course of the physical healing, the Divine Physician healed the man to his inner core [“Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘rise up, pick up your mat and walk?’  But that you man know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth…”].  In the forgiveness of sins, we see the divinity of Christ.  Who can forgive sins but God?  He has given his Church this gift in the Priesthood and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Today, we see clearly that this sacrament is a sacrament not only of the forgiveness of sins but also of deep healing.

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