Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/070518.cfm
After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said, “Why do you harbor evil thoughts? 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 then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.
When our sins are forgiven, we are set free, free to get up and walk in the light of Christ. Have you gone to Jesus in Confession and been forgiven? He will set you free if you ask.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the freedom you have given me to walk with you without fear. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The judgments of the Lord are true, and all of them are just.