Friday, March 07, 2008
SCRIPTURE COMMENTARY #151
And behold they brought to him one sick of the palsy lying in a bed. And Jesus, seeing their faith, said to the man sick of the palsy: "Be of good heart, son, thy sins are forgiven thee." (Matt. 9:2)
THE NECESSITY OF CONTRITION: The sick man possessed real contrition. His sins oppressed and tormented him more than his bodily infirmity; and with one beseeching glance he prayed to Jesus for forgiveness. Jesus saw that the state of his soul pained him more than that of his body, and that was what he most craved for was pardon and peace; and therefore He said to him: "Son, be of good heart, thy sins are forgiven." If the sick man had no contrition, he would not have obtained pardon.
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)