“Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature”
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so, remain
Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic
Ordinary 7 Year B Mark 2: 1 — 12
1. In this amazing account, no one asked for healing, or forgiveness; or anything else, for that matter. The paralysed man’s friends just knew in their hearts that they had to do everything possible to bring their friend into the presence of Jesus. They knew the state of their friend’s thoughts and feelings, and they let nothing — absolutely nothing get in their way.
Jesus likewise didn’t ask for anything — He simply read the unfortunate man’s heart and soul and proceeded to bless him.
In like manner Jesus evaluates the sincerity of our heart and soul. He may choose to respond dramatically or in a hidden, slowly unfolding way. But He will respond!
2. In some religious streams today, there is the belief that if one isn’t cured when one asks some mega-media, so-called evangelist for a cure, that it signifies one does not have sufficient faith, or is secretly holding on to some sinful thought or practice. This belief arises from false interpretation of Sacred Scripture. If God’s glory is served by our faithful perseverance and humble acceptance of what He permits, then our salvation requires that we yield to His Divine Will.
3. Our Lord was so deeply moved by the confidence the paralytic’s friends had in His ability to heal, that He interrupted His preaching just for them. He could have asked them to wait but instead, immediately pronounced forgiveness of all the lame man’s sins; and did so in a way which made it clear He Himself was forgiving the man. We note Jesus did not proclaim a healing. He simply willed it, and it was so! A New Creation is suddenly under way right before their eyes, and they are right in the middle of it. As Charles Erdman wrote,”
“He was brought to Jesus by four friends, whose determination and desperate earnestness serve as an example, or rebuke to many who profess to be concerned about the spiritual welfare of others, but who do so little towards bringing them to Christ”.
Blessed are you, O Lord, King of the Universe, who inspires both, the great and the humble, the young and the old, the gifted and the not-so-well-endowed, the teacher and the student who try to spread the Word of your love throughout the whole world. Amen.