Sunday, July 8, 2012
Arise O Sinner and Walk
Come O sinner and behold the paralytic cured by Christ this day.1 Paralyzed by sin, when the man was cured by Christ and commanded by Him "Arise!" he arose out of sin and walked home, returning whole again. Harken unto the call of Christ the Bridegroom who calls thee to repentance. He bids thee rise from thy sins, for He has died to lift thee and make thee whole again, returning thee to virginal purity, washed clean in His Most Precious Blood. Render Him now atonement for thy sins, for He did create thee for His purposes and thou hast defrauded Him by thy life of sin. Give thyself back to Him as the possession that was always justly His and offer a sacrifice of atonement for having defrauded Him of thyself whom He loves and even died for. He offered Himself to the Father that He may be used to sanctify thee. For love is a sacrifice offered to God for thy beloved not some emotion of mortal man which passes and dies. Arise, arise O sinner out of thy sins and become the image of Christ! Arise, arise and utter a canticle, singing the glory of the love of God!
1Mt 9:1-8; today's Gospel in the Byzantine Rite.