Have you ever had to choose between two good things? Maybe between two great toys? Two delicious meals? Two fun places to go? Maybe you just couldn’t decide which one was best.
In today’s Gospel reading, our Lord Jesus Christ asks that same kind of question (but He doesn’t really expect an answer!). A man who couldn’t walk was lying on his bed, and he wanted to be healed. Jesus said to him, “Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.”
When people started to grumble about Him, Jesus asked them, “Which is easier, to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Rise and walk’?” Then Jesus healed the man’s body. He told him to get up and walk. And he did!
CHANGING OURSELVES TOO: THE HOLY TRANSFIGURATION
Have you ever gotten a big haircut? Maybe your friends said, “Wow! You look really different!” You changed something about yourself and everybody could see it.
This week we celebrate a great feast in our Church. It’s the feast of Holy Transfiguration. (Transfiguration is a big word for “change.”) Jesus’ disciples had been with Him, listening to Him preach, helping Him sometimes, watching Him heal people. They stayed with Him almost all the time. But once, our Lord took three of the disciples to a mountain.
We celebrate the Holy Transfiguration on Friday, Aug. 6th (OC: Aug. 19th).