Take Your Mat and Work

For almost two weeks now- I completely surrendered to God that I will not be finishing my course this March 2014. I’m humbled by this nerve-wracking experience of being able to complete my Comprehensive Exams and Project Paper (both requirements in partial fulfillment of completing my Catechetics course in Don Bosco Center of Studies) and the idea of doing them haphazardly just to get a grade is not okay with me.

But for almost two weeks now- all my family for three years now in the school: the DBCS employees, professors and my classmates are all saying I can do it. I wrestle and cry and tell them that I am really not ready. It’s as if when I am already surrendered to myself; they really have this ‘faith’ that I can do it. I know this faith is not faith in my abilities as I already told them that I cannot. I felt as a paralyzed man being carried into Jesus to be healed…


(many thanks to http://www.catholiccourier.com/faith-family/kids-chronicle/bible-story/friends-bring-a-paralyzed-man-to-jesus/ for the pic)

Below is an excerpt of the story of that paralyzed man carried to Jesus in Luke 5:17-26

17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18 Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26 Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

What Jesus saw was ‘the faith’ of this man’s friends. And because of ‘their’ faith, the man was able to be completely healed. Thank you Jesus for sending ‘faith-filled friends’ in my way. Now I’m taking my mat and work…



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