FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2024 FIRST WEEK – ORDINARY TIME

THE PARALYZED MAN (MK 2:1-12)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Spirit. Give me friends with great faith.

Imagination:

Picture Jesus healing the paralyzed man.

Context:

The next five stories contain controversies which allow Jesus to make a solemn pronouncement (the high point of each story). This reveals Jesus’ prerogatives. In this story, Jesus proclaims that he has the power to forgive sins.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)

  1. The heroes are the four friends who love the paralytic. Against all odds, they make sure that he comes to Jesus.
  2. Because of their faith, Jesus forgives the man’s sins. (The gospel never mentions the paralytic’s faith.)
  3. To prove that the sins were really forgiven, Jesus heals the paralyzed man.
  4. In all of this, the paralytic remains totally passive.
  5. However, when Jesus tells him to get up, he obeys. He rises and picks up his mat.
  6. The event confounds the learned critics and delights the simple believers who believe in Jesus’ powers.

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)

  • Lord, send me friends who believe in you. Let their efforts bring me to you.
  • What is it like to come close to you and to see you, face to face?
  • Forgive my sins. This is your greatest gift (which I often do not seek).
  • You heal everything – soul, mind, feelings, senses, intellect and will.
  • You say, “Arise, take up your mat and walk” and your power lifts me up.
  • Lord, do your work in me and I will be a sign to others. They also will come to believe.

Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

  • I will choose my friends from those who believe in Jesus.
  • I will seek forgiveness in the sacrament of Confession.

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)