As we start the second Coptic month, the Church
meditates with us about the authority of our Lord Jesus
Christ. He is God who can forgive our sins, and He is
God Who can heal our diseases.
In order to enjoy our Lord and His authority, we must
have total trust in Him. We must have the faith like the
faith of these 4 men.
+ The faith of these 4 men was able to overcome numerous
obstacles to achieve their goal. Their faith made them
strong and helped them to achieve more than what they
aspired for. Not only had they obtained the healing of
the body, but also the remissions of the sins.
+ Strong will is a must for a man’s success. It is
achieved through strong faith, steadfastness, and trust
in God’s promises. The more we trust God, the more He
shows Himself to us. “But
without faith it is impossible to please Him,
for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and
that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek
(Heb 11: 6). Whoever wants to have a strong will should
have a complete trust in God’s words and promises.
+ The strong will of these men was due to a clear
objective that made them cross obstacles to reach it.
When the goal is challenging and lofty, the strength of
the will follows. “And
everyone who competes for the prize is temperate
in all things. Now they do it to obtain a
perishable crown, but we for an imperishable
(1Co 9: 25).
+ When the objectives are earthly and materialistic,
weakness sneaks into the will and desperation sneaks
into the heart. St. Paul said “For what I am doing, I
do not understand ... for to will is present with me,
but how to perform what is good I do not find.
For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but
the evil I will not to do, that I practice” (Rm
7: 15-19). It is the case of the man who is too weak to
fight sin, but also too weak to do good. These are the
result of a weak will.
It is also worth noting that the strong will of these 4
men resulted in the healing of the paralytic man
(intercession?!), as well as the root of man’s problems
is sins (Son, your sins are forgiven you). These two
points can be 2 other sermons on their own!