So Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house.

– Matthew 9:1-7 (The Gospel from today’s lectionary)

Why should we NEVER give up on anyone, no matter how far from Jesus they are in their heart? “When Jesus saw THEIR FAITH” – Jesus did not look upon the faith of the paralytic, but on the faith of the friends.

Make it your mission to always pray for others – your family, your children, your friends … whether they’ve wandered away or are in downright rebellion against God – because in your prayers you are carrying them into the presence of Jesus. May He look on YOUR FAITH, forgive their sins, and change their lives!