February 8, 2023     11:22 am
45. Week of First Sunday after Epiphany - Tuesday
Your sins are forgiven.
          Your sins are forgiven.   Mathew 9:2
          When Jesus returned to His own city, Capernaum, and was in His dwelling, they brought a man to Him who was paralysed and was lying on a bed. They had great difficulty in bringing him because of the crowd that blocked the street. Jesus, seeing their faith said to the sick man: "Son, be of good cheer; Your sins are forgiven." The Searcher of Hearts saw that the sick man sought the grace of God and the forgiveness of sins above all things. But certain of the scribes who were present said within themselves: "This man blasphemes. Who can forgive sins but God only?" Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said: "Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? Is it easier, to say, your sins are forgiven; or to say, arise and walk? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins (then He said to the paralysed man,) Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." And he arose, and departed to his house. When the multitude saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, who had given such power to men. (Matt.9:1-8.)
          Here the Son of Man proves by a divine miracle that He is the eternal Son of God, having all power, and also the power to forgive sins on earth; and He gladly exercises it. Here You see that above all things you must seek forgiveness of sins with Him. For what good will all things do you if you do not have the forgiveness of sins and the grace of God? But if through the forgiveness of sins you have the grace of God, you can at all times call upon God, even as a dear child calls upon its dear father, and He will give you what is best for you in time and eternity.
          PRAYER: - Lord God, grant me the forgiveness of all my sins, for the sake of Jesus Christ, my dear Saviour. You have solemnly promised to do this. Fulfil the promise You have given me. Let me abide in Your grace. O my God, then nothing will have power to harm me, then shall I be able to comfort myself with You, almighty God, and rejoice in all need, Yes, even in death. Through Your Holy Spirit, O God, grant to me the salutary[healthful, blessed] knowledge of true faith unto eternal life. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
February 8, 2023     11:22 am