Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – February 26, 2015
by Robert Giacomini
Scripture: Mark 2: 1-12
This passage of Jesus healing a paralyzed man is important for the dual themes it encompasses. It speaks of the miracle of healing, a gift only available from God, and of the very human compassion of friendship and devotion shown by the paralytic’s friends. As such, it is a powerful statement of Jesus, both as the “Son of God” and the “Son of Man.”
As Christians, this duality gives us a special relationship with God, for in the living Jesus, fully human, we can know that our challenges, our weaknesses and our suffering have been fully shared with our creator. We also can find amazing comfort in a loving and forgiving God. All we must have is faith. Just look at two of the most moving lines in this scripture: “Son, your sins are forgiven you….I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”
While this passage is important for revealing Jesus as one with God through the miracle of healing, it also contains important insights of how we should act in our relationship with others. Like the four friends who carried the paralytic to the roof of the house so that they could avoid the crowds and get him to Jesus, we must recognize the wants of others around us and do all that we can to attend to their needs. As humans, we have this wonderful ability for love and compassion. To be true followers of Jesus, we must listen to this side of our nature and resist the voices that encourage us to turn away from the needs of others and take the easier path.
Prayer: Dear God, give me the faith to understand the wonders of your compassion and the knowledge that your love is all encompassing and without prejudice. Amen.