Daily reading: Mark 2:1-22
Tuesday January 19, 2016

Focus passage: So many gathered that there was no longer space, not even near the door.  Jesus was speaking the word to them.  Some people arrived, and four of them were bringing to him a man who was paralyzed. Mark 2:2-3

There is something about the faithfulness of the paralytic friends.  I think we often hear about people talking about their faithfulness in terms of having a personal relationship with God, which is necessary, but it isn’t the summation of our life of faith.  We are woven into community with others that share in a love for God and that too has a powerful impact in our lives.

In Matthew’s gospel Jesus tells us that we will experience his presence when we reach out to one another.  In today’s passage we see the fierce determination of four friends to make a way for their ill friend to be in the presence of Jesus.  They go to great lengths to climb to the roof of the house and in a most remarkable way, lower their friend down to see Jesus.

It is in that moment that the man receives not only healing but also forgiveness.  Sometimes we need to be carried into community, to be invited in, in order to see the new thing that God is doing in our world.  Sometimes we need to be brought because we have been so beaten down by the world that we cannot imagine that there is a place that will offer a new way forward leaving the past mistakes behind.

Prayer: Help me to mend what is broken in the world.  Amen.


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