Follow-Up Sessions: March - Reconciliation/Forgiveness
1. What prevents us from reaching out to our neighbor?
2. Am I passive and wait for others to tell me what to do?
3. How can I get out of my comfort zone?
Illuminate: Matthew 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 the paralytic, “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.”
Delve into the Word
The Gospel presents Jesus as always ready to forgive everyone’s sins, allowing them to experience the mercy and God’s love. Jesus also reminds his followers that they should always be willing to forgive those who offend them. The sacrament of Reconciliation offers us a boundless source of mercy, through which we ask and receive God’s forgiveness for our sins. The Church offers us the opportunity to receive this sacrament individually each week in our parishes, especially during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Participate in the sacrament of Reconciliation in your parish, and promote an attitude of forgiveness and reconciliation in your family.
O merciful God, I repent for the times I have
not loved as You have loved; I regret the times
that I have moved away from You. I know you
forgive me and rejoice when I return to You.
Thank you for the peace that your forgiveness
brings to my heart. Help me to forgive others,
to share that peace with those around me.
In silence, listen to the voice of Jesus within your
Where does the Word lead you? With what part do
you identify with most? What image comes to mind?
What makes you feel Joy? Sadness?
Encouragement? Surprise? Challenged?
Source: BIBLIA CATOLICA DE LA FAMILIA, Editorial
Verbo Divino. Evangelio de Marcos. Página 1237
￼￼Live the Word
Am I available and attentive to the reality I experience around me?
Who is the paralytic today?
Do I approach them to know their situation and help him?
Who else can I involve in order to solve the paralytic problem?
L / Lord, I cannot continue living in my paralysis.
R / Help me to recognize my passivity and move towards you, the giver of life.
L / Lord, you are always willing to forgive.
R / Help me, through your forgiveness, to stand on my feet with a positive and proactive attitude toward life.
L / Lord, you ask us to believe in forgiveness.
R / Help me to face my sin and trust in my relationship with you to live free and confident in your healing power.
L / We ask you to open us to the healing power of your forgiveness and to not remain bound by our sin because you, Lord, welcome us, love us, and invite us to get up and take our mat, assume our responsibility, and to live in your peace.