Day 12 – January 12

Today’s Readings:

Genesis 23-24
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 12

At the beginning of the reading from the gospel of Matthew, we hear how friends brought their paralytic companion to Jesus. The paralytic was dependent on others to help him get around, and if it were not for his four friends, he would never have come to Jesus. We don’t know if the paralytic even wanted to see Jesus; we only see the faith of the four friends. For all we know, he could have been brought against his will; there was nothing he could do but to accept the ‘help’ of his friends. His friends wanted him to know Jesus.

Let us take to heart those we know, friends, acquaintances, family members, and ask ourselves, “do I strive to bring those around me to Christ?” We may not be able, like the four friends, to physically carry our friends to Jesus, but we do have an obligation as Christians to try. We cannot force another to accept Christ, but can do everything we possibly can to bring them into Christ’s presence, and let the Lord do the rest.

May God bless you!



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