"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68


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Friday of the First week in Ordinary Time
Commentary of the day
Saint John Chrysostom (c.345-407), priest at Antioch then Bishop of Constantinople, Doctor of the Church
From various homilies: On the paralytic

"Seeing their faith"

         This paralytic believed in Jesus Christ. In what way is this made manifest? From the very manner of his approach to Christ. They let the man down through the roof... You are surely aware that invalids are so faint-hearted and difficult to please as often to decline the treatment administered to them on their sick bed... But this paralytic had the fortitude to go outside the house, to be carried in the midst of the market-place and exhibit himself in the presence of the crowd...

       This paralytic did not suffer from pride. When he saw that the place of assembly was filled, the approaches blocked, the entrance obstructed, he submitted to be let down through the roof. So skilful is desire, so rich in resources is love! “For those who seek, find, and to those who knock the door will be opened” (cf. Mt 7:8). The man did not say to his friends: “What is the meaning of this? Why make this fuss? Why such eagerness? Let us wait until the house is clear and everyone has gone. The crowds will disperse and then we shall be able to approach Jesus privately...” No, the paralytic said none of these things either to himself or to his bearers, but regarded it as an honor to have so many people made witnesses of his cure.

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