It is 5th December 2016. The readings are from Isaiah 35:1-10; and the Gospel from Luke 5:17-26. The first reading offers hope to all who read this passage telling that God himself will come to save us. This is the message of consolation given to those who were in the exile of Babylonian. The sin of Adam will be wiped out and the weak will experience the glory of God. Freedom, joy, peace and truth comes from the Lord never ends. “Courage! Do not be afraid. Look your God is coming, vengeance is coming, the retribution of God, God is coming to save you.” (Is. 35:4). The arrival of the Messiah brings integral changes in every one especially the blind, the deaf, the lame and all those whose lives seems a desert. The responsorial Verse reassures us, “Look, our God is coming to save us.” (35:4). The Gospel presents a healing Lord who heals the paralysed person physically and spiritually. There is a strong and vivid connection between sin and sickness. Jesus is the only one having the absolute authority to forgive any sins without reservation but with the condition of professing faith in Jesus. The total forgiveness of sin and the enjoyment of holistic health comes by the profession of faith in Jesus. Jesus witnessed the tremendous display of faith and could not keep silent. It was not the faith of the paralysed impressed Jesus rather his friends. The outcome of our faith must be seen in actions of leading others to Christ. Let us give a chance for others to approach Jesus by carrying them in our prayers. Let us look for opportunities to lead our friends to Jesus. Faith in Jesus offers healing when we open honestly our lives to the Lord. It is time to allow the Lord to go through our sinful lives. May you have a good day.

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