Mt 9:1-8 Life and Love
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After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
The God-particle. Brainy scientists just recently discovered the “God-particle”, a sticky field that acts as a drag on other particles. It explains how elementary particles are imbued with mass. This historic discovery did not come easy. It took hundreds of scientists, researchers and engineers to do it and thousands of hours to accomplish it. It was another “one-small-step-for-man, one-giant-leap-for-mankind” moment. But let’s not forget: before the brainy scientists were smart enough to discover it, God was smart enough to create it and utilize it.
When asked if there were any practical results from their research, the answer came back, “Not directly.” What??? Not directly??? Isn’t this particle responsible for building atoms and making life possible? Isn’t that practical enough? I find it amazing how smart people can be so dumb. Maybe I should give them some slack. Maybe what they were trying to say was that they didn’t know how they could one day control it, manipulate it and twist it for our use…or misuse. Maybe they were thinking of that rather than how God used it.
The Christ-particle. Today’s reading and yesterday’s discovery reminds me of the “Christ-particle”; that grace that drives some friends insane and brings enemies closer together. Its sticky nature explains just how God can bind us to one another and to himself. Not only does it give life a fighting chance, it also lifts up the soul and acts as a drag to fighting and war. This ‘particle’ not only creates life, it also recreates it.
What is it? Forgiveness.
The greatest truth ever spoken came from Peter: “You are the Son of the living God.” Today, we have the greatest possible ending to a heart wrenching story: “Take heart, my child, your sins are forgiven.” But with the greatest love story lived came the greatest attack ever seen: “This man is a blasphemer!”
Are there any practical results from the “Christ-particle”? You bet! The forgiveness of our sins leads us to Christ’s heart and to a better understanding of what we are. It is the first fruit of love and is necessary for all human life. Without it we fight, we destroy, we kill, we die. But with it, we laugh, we smile, we cry, we grow, we thrive! It explains how we can live surrounded by a vacuum of evil and death. It explains how God was able to create beauty in the midst of chaos; how he was able to reconcile all things to himself.
We can’t live on bread alone. We can’t live on air alone. We can’t even live alone! The world is made up of tiny particles. Man is made up of tiny particles. But what is truly amazing is how these tiny particles can add up to life and love.