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Jesus said, “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” In today’s first reading from Hebrews 4, we see the concept of entering into God’s rest. The sacred author says, “Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest…”

Today’s Gospel reading is, I hope, a familiar story. Jesus was preaching at a house in Capernaum and some guys want to get their paralytic friend in front of Him. The house is so crowded they have to lower him in from the roof. Jesus heals the man, and forgives his sins. In seeing this, “They were all astounded and glorified God.”

I’m struck by that word, astounded. There are probably few things that astound us today. It sometimes seems we’ve seen it all. I submit to you that we should still be astounded by Jesus. Think about His love, grace, healing and miracles that happen in our lives daily. Think about the gift of the Eucharist – He gives us His Flesh and Blood! Don’t let these things become humdrum. When we meditate on the great mysteries of our faith, we should be astounded!

Father, rekindle in us an astounded spirit, as we ponder the wonders you give to us through your Son, Christ Jesus. Amen.

Today’s Readings

Only a few more days before the release of A Minute in the Church: Life in Christ. Thank you for your prayers!


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