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13 December 2016

Tuesday 13 December

[Matthew 9: 1-8]

Spiritually Fit

In today’s passage, we see that Jesus Christ continues to bring in the Kingdom by doing battle on every field where Satan has carved out a power base. As Isaiah’s prophesy said, “He himself took on our weaknesses (or sins) and bore our diseases”. In healing the paralysed man, Jesus engages in the spiritual battle against sin, and wins. He has the Kingdom authority which sets all the captives free.

Have you ever experienced being ‘paralysed by guilt or shame’, when something has gone wrong in your life. It may not be a complete physical paralysis, like the man in Capernaum, but it may be a kind of mental paralysis which prevents you from acting in the way you know is right. Have you found yourself, like Lot’s wife, unable to move on the right path, because of a desire or addiction to what is wrong. Lot’s wife was caught in a web of indecision with two choices: hearing her husband telling her to follow him towards life, but looking back with longing towards Sodom and Gomorrah, though that meant death. She was paralysed, unable to choose, and condemned for ever to remain. A sign for all time that we have to make the choice: “Whoever is not for me is against me”, said Jesus(Matthew 12: 30).

But God’s Kingdom invites us to come in and to help us throw off our paralysis and see clearly the right way to go. And the Holy Spirit is with us to give us the strength to take each step.

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 69-73