2015.1.16 - The Water And The Cup

Rev. C. Jarrod Lies - Fri, Jan 16

The state of your soul affects the state of your body.

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Sermon Transcript

Friday of the First Week in Ordinary Time


Gospel Mark 2:1-12

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to him, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth” –he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

The temperature of the water affects the temperature of the cup. There are times when I will leave my coffee cup in my truck overnight; and if I want to put coffee into my travel mug I run warm water into the mug to warm up the cup. That way my coffee will stay warmer longer, rather than the hot coffee warming up the cup and causing the coffee to cool down. The temperature of the water affects the temperature of the cup.

The state of your soul affects the state of your body. We are no longer in a society where that is immediately recognized. For example if a doctor did today what Jesus did in today’s Gospel, a person would say to that doctor, "Um… you misdiagnosed the problem." The man was lowered through the roof with paralysis and Jesus said to the man, "Your sins are forgiven." So let’s pretend that we are paralyzed and go into the doctor’s office and the doctor says, "Well you need to get your sins forgiven." We would say, "Now wait a second doctor, you are talking about something spiritual and I’ve got something physical going on." Yet the truth in today’s Gospel is a truth that we need to come to appreciate in our life. That is the state of our soul affects the state of our physical wellbeing.

It is true that if I am in a state of constant sin that effects my entire humanity. We do not believe that the state of our soul is somehow compartmentalized from the rest of my life. If I am spiritually dead that will affect my emotional life, which will affect my psychological life, which effects the way of which I look at the world, which effects the way in which I relate to other people. It can even affect my body causing me exhaustion, frustration, anxiety or even making me susceptible to sickness because we are humans in total not in compartments.

I remember very distinctly coming home one day with an irritable attitude and my mom immediately said, "It's been a while since you've been to confession. Hasn’t it?" I then realized that my irritation was my body somehow recognizing that I was disturbed interiorly and being disturbed interiorly means that I needed to get myself right interiorly.

The temperature of the water affects the temperature of the cup. The state of your soul effects your body. We need to recognize the power that there is between the forgiveness of our sins and living a healthy integrated life. Jesus can look at each one of us and say, "I see that you are exhausted. I see that you are dealing with a sickness. I see that you are depressed. I see that you are filled with anxiety." He will not misdiagnose us if he says; "You need to get your sins forgiven. You need to go to confession.”

So ask yourself a simple question: How long has it been since you have had a really good confession? Where you really went through and had a good examination of conscience and then spent time confessing well the sins you need to confess. Do so. Then Jesus will say to you, "Your sins are forgiven."

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