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2021 Lenten Meditations – Friday, February 19th

St. Matthew 9:

2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic:

—Take heart my, son; your sins are forgiven!

3 Some of the masters of the law murmured between them: “This man is blasphemous!

4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said to them:

— Why do you give rise to such bad thoughts?

5 What is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Stand up and walk”?

6 So they may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins, he then addressed the paralytic: Rise up, take thy stretcher, and go home.

7 and the man stood up and went home.

How sad it is that you are criticized for how much good you do for others! Jesus was healing a paralytic person and a group of people thought of him badly. They did not look at the miracle, they did not value the effort of those people who sought the way that the sick may be healed. Why did they act like this? By their bad thoughts, their way of thinking left them blind to see Jesus’ miracle in this person. But Jesus didn’t care about this and said to the man: Get up, take your stretcher and go home. And so he did.

Many people are quick to judge and may question the good work that you are a part of  in your support of Our Little Roses Ministries, but we must do what Jesus did: HE CONTINUED TO DO THE MIRACLE. 

Often in our lives, especially when we are doing good, we open ourselves to criticism.  It is easy for some people to judge and consider our efforts as futile.  But as Christians we know the work is not ours, it is God’s. When we see a girl coming to the Home, we see someone who needs a miracle.  We see a child of God who needs love, care, and empathy where others may see only the negative and perhaps feel she is beyond hope.  Jesus asks us to see her through his eyes, to see beyond what may be broken to the miracle that lies within each and every living soul. Our faith calls us to be the hands and feet of Christ.  Just as he stood firm in healing the paralytic, we must also continue to do the miracle of seeing that girl transform into a successful woman – to know she is a daughter of God and a person useful to society.

Reverend Galeano

Chaplain Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 

Spanish Translation

San Mateo 9:

2 Unos hombres le llevaron un paralítico, acostado en una camilla. Al ver Jesús la fe de ellos, le dijo al paralítico:

—¡Ánimo, hijo; tus pecados quedan perdonados!

3 Algunos de los maestros de la ley murmuraron entre ellos: «¡Este hombre blasfema!

4 Como Jesús conocía sus pensamientos, les dijo:

—¿Por qué dan lugar a tan malos pensamientos?

5 ¿Qué es más fácil, decir: “Tus pecados quedan perdonados”, o decir: “Levántate y anda”?

6 Pues para que sepan que el Hijo del hombre tiene autoridad en la tierra para perdonar pecados —se dirigió entonces al paralítico—: Levántate, toma tu camilla y vete a tu casa.

7 Y el hombre se levantó y se fue a su casa.

¡Qué triste es que se critique lo bueno que se hace por los demás! Jesús estaba sanando a una persona paralítica y un grupo de personas pensó mal de él.

No miraron el milagro, no valoraron el esfuerzo de esas personas que buscaron la manera de que ese enfermo sanara. ¿Por qué actuaban así? Por sus malos pensamientos. Su manera de pensar los dejaba ciegos a ver el milagro de Jesús en esta persona. Pero Jesús no le importó esto y le dijo al hombre: Levántate, toma tu camilla y vete a tu casa. Y así lo hizo.

Mucha gente podrá juzgar, criticar lo bueno que se hace en los Ministerios Nuestras Pequeñas Rosas, pero hay que hacer lo que hizo Jesús: CONTINUÓ HACIENDO EL MILAGRO. Todo lo que hacemos en algún momento es criticado, pero la obra no es nuestra, es de Dios. Y cuando vemos a una niña que llega al Hogar, vemos a alguien que necesita un milagro, habrá muchos que dirán cosas negativas, pero igual que Jesús seguimos luchando por hacer el milagro de ver esa niña convertida en una mujer exitosa, hija de Dios y una persona útil a la sociedad.