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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #148

And it was heard that he was in the house. And many came together, so that there was no room: no, not even at the door. And he spoke to them the word. And they came to him, bringing one sick of the palsy, who was carried by four. And when they could not offer him unto him for the multitude, they uncovered the roof where he was: and opening it, they let down the bed wherein the man sick of the palsy lay. And when Jesus had seen their faith, he saith to the sick of the palsy: "Son, thy sins are forgiven thee."
And there were some of the scribes sitting there and thinking in their hearts: "Why doth this man speak thus? He blasphemeth. Who can forgive sins, but God only?"
Which Jesus presently knowing in his spirit that they so thought within themselves, saith to them: "Why think you these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy: Thy sins are forgiven thee; or to say: Arise, take up thy bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins" (he saith to the sick of the palsy): "I say to thee: Arise. Take up thy bed and go into thy house."
And immediately he arose and, taking up his bed, went his way in the sight of all: so that all wondered and glorified God, saying: "We never saw the like." (Mark 2:2-12)

PROOFS OF OUR LORD'S DIVINITY: 1. He saw the contrition, faith and hope which were in the soul of the paralyzed man, in the same manner as He read the secret thoughts of the Pharisees: therefore He was Omniscient. God alone is Omniscient: therefore Jesus is God. 2. Jesus is Omnipotent; for by His will and word He instantaneously cured the lame man. Even as at the creation He said: "Let things be," so now He said to the palsied man: "Arise!" 3. Jesus, by His own power, absolved the lame man of his sins. This, as the Pharisees very rightly judged, is the prerogative of God, who is offended by sins, and who knows the heart of the sinner: therefore Jesus is God. Had He not been God, He would have been assuming to Himself a divine right and power, and would have been a deceiver and a blasphemer.

[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]

(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)