Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Read: Matthew 9:2-8 and Psalm 28
Jesus was impressed with the faith of the man and his friends. “Your sins are forgiven you,” he said. His listeners didn’t like that, however. “A blasphemer,” they muttered. But by doing this, Jesus was making an important point. In Jewish thought, a man could not be healed of his infirmities until his sins were blotted out. Normally, that required a trip to the temple and some sacrifices. However, Jesus simply spoke forgiveness to the man. Jesus was making the point that he was God, and that he could and would forgive sins.
Next Jesus told him to take up his bed and walk. Not only was the man forgiven, but he was also restored. After that, the people who saw it were amazed. Who was this guy that he could forgive sins and heal the lame?
Take a few moments to pray about how you can continue Jesus’ ministry in your community. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us with in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, might bring those that do not know you into the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.