Friday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian monk, Abbot of Rievaulx (d. 1167)

January 12, 2018
Friday of the First Week of Ordinary Time Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian monk, Abbot of Rievaulx (d. 1167)

Readings of the day: RB 2:16-22Mass: 1 Samuel 8: 4-7, 10-22a; Resp. Psalm 89; Mark 2:1-12 Aelred of Rievaulx, Cistercian Abbot, writer and historianThe encounter with God and our brothers and sisters cannot wait just because we are slow or lazy. We are called to do that encounter today!(Pope Francis, Tweet, January 12, 2018)
Some days the Pope’s tweets are priceless. Relating his words to today’s Gospel, the four men who carried the paralytic and broke through the roof of the house were anything but slow and lazy. It may be their encounter with the brothers and sisters gathered was not so pleasant: ‘Hey, what do you think you are doing?’ Can’t you see this room is full? We were here before you!’ Still, the men went for it. They were determined. They were going to encounter Jesus no matter what. The paralytic followed suit; he was neither slow nor lazy. Not wasting time after being healed, he rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. What faith. What courage. What witness. 

WHEN JESUS SAW THEIR FAITH, HE SAID TO HIM,‘CHILD, YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.’
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