Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mark 2:1-12 – You’re Sins Are Forgiven

Mark 2:1-12 – You’re Sins Are Forgiven
And when he returned to Caper'na-um after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.
And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise, take up your pallet and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins" -- he said to the paralytic -- "I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home."
And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

Comment - Who would I ask to carry me to Jesus?
If I were in the situation of the paralytic, would I ask family members or friends? Which four people would I choose, and why? Who could I trust so totally that I could lie peacefully on a stretcher, letting them work out how to overcome the obstacles to reaching Jesus through the crowd. Could I relax as I watched them remove roof tiles and prepare to lower me down? How tense would I be as I hung in mid-air, dependent on their care and skill to hold the stretcher level?

Have I ever told these and other special people, how much I value, trust and enjoy them? Would they and others allow me, in turn, to help them?

Jesus, let me be someone who helps people find their way to you.
Source: Daily Prayer Online

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