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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24B-25
Psalm 41:2-3, 4-5, 13-14
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
Mark 2:1-12
All the readings today point out that we are sinners, but God loves us
and forgives us. He knows our human nature because he became
man and JESUS, as man, struggled as we do in coming to under-
stand what our heavenly Father wants from us. In the first reading of
the prophet he lets us know that God wipes out our offenses, and he
does not dwell on our sins.
In the psalm we cry out to him, ˈLord, heal my soul, for I have sinned
against you.ˉ He wants us to recognize the results that can come
from our sins, because we can become callous and complacent. Je-
sus gave us the Holy Spirit in our hearts so that we can say yes to
God, and to what he requires of us.
When Jesus walked the earth many Jews
believed that afflictions of the body were
brought on by sin or the sin of your father.
Because of this Jesus often told people who
he healed that their sins were forgiven. Of
course the scribes questioned this idea be-
cause they believed that only God could
forgive sins.
Little did they know that Jesus was God, and