Wednesday, March 05, 2008


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 2:6-12)
BLASPHEMY: It was the Pharisees who were blasphemers, because in spite of His miracles and holiness, they despised Jesus and accused Him of blasphemy. Their reason must have told them that God would not be with a blasphemer, and that therefore no blasphemer could work such mighty miracles. But their evil wills and evil hearts obscured their reason, and made them obstinate and defiant. Their unbelief was without excuse.
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)