Come, Holy Spirit. Give me friends with great faith.
(Picture Jesus healing the paralyzed man.)
These stories in Mark’s gospel are controversy stories. Each dispute allows Jesus to make some pronouncement. In this story, Jesus says that he is the Son of Man with divine authority.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- The heroes of this story are the four friends who love the paralytic.
- Against all odds, they do everything to bring him to Jesus.
- Because of their faith, Jesus forgives the man’s sins.
- Jesus then heals the paralyzed man to prove that he could forgive sins.
- As yet, the paralytic has done nothing.
- However, when Jesus tells him to get up, he shows great faith. He arises and picks up his mat.
- The event confounds the learned critics and delights the simple believers. They believe even more in Jesus’ powers.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Lord, send me friends who believe in you.
- I will respond to their efforts to bring me to you.
- O Jesus, I want my sins to be forgiven. This is your greatest gift, (which I often do not seek.)
- Jesus, you have all power and authority in heaven and on earth.
- You heal everything – soul, mind, feelings, senses, intellect and will.
- Speak to me, Jesus. Tell me to rise from my sins.
- Lord, I will be a sign to others, so they also 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 let their faith bless me.