Grace to you!
A certain man who had a past of many terrible indiscretions approached a Catholic Priest. He was burdened by guilt – that monstrous weight burdening the heart of people when they do wrong things. But, it is also the power of the voice of God within the person, indicating that something isn’t right. Guilt, within the conscience, the voice of God, the voice of morality and truth, doesn’t go away unless the reason for its burden is lifted or resolved. It is like that yellow check-light in your car dashboard, which indicates something isn’t right with your car engine. Could be you need to change your oil or your catalytic converter is getting very bad. If you ignore it, what happens over a long period of time? It changes to red, indicating danger zone and finally, your car is grounded. The same with guilt within our conscience.
So, this man had guilt and had tried everything to take it away, but to no avail. He tried clinical counseling, drugs, socialization and many things he thought would make him feel high and quiet the guilt, but to no avail. After many years of dealing with guilt, he was spiritually bent over like the paralytic in the gospel of Mark 2:1-12. His spirit was crushed, his body was weakened by depression following the unsuccessful attempts to take care of his guilt, and he finally gave up. He wanted to see a religious person. He wanted to try this so-called Jesus.
Thank God a priest was available when he came to the parish. The priest told him right away, you do not need days of counseling; you need Jesus. He will take away your guilt. He will heal you. “That’s it?” he asked. “Yes” replied the priest. “It is that simple.”
Years after being freed from the guilt and a life of evil, he shares the memories of his past life as one who found a treasure in the new life in Christ. He came to realize that Jesus indeed forgives sins.
For the Jews during the time of Jesus and even now, only God can forgive sins. We Christians believe that too. So, they were surprised to hear Jesus speak to a paralytic “Your sins are forgiven.” Who is this man who claims to forgive sins? If Jesus could show he can, then he is God. The question was about the identity of Jesus. Is he truly God who can forgive sins?
Yes he is. To prove to the skeptics he can forgive sins and therefore that he is God, he spoke to the paralytic, “Rise, take up your pallet and go home.” (Mk 2:11). Immediately, in the sight of the skeptics, the man got up and picked up his sleeping mat and went home. For the skeptics, the one who can do such a miracle in a dramatic way must be God as well. So, Jesus in the most dramatic way showed he is God who forgives sins.
There you have it. Burdened by sin and guilt? Run to Jesus!
God love you. God bless you.