Healing of a Paralytic

Mark 2: 1-12
Heb 4: 1-5, 11 / Ps 78

“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins,” he then addressed the man with paralysis, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat and go home.”
(Mark 2:10-11)

Belief that knows no obstacle
Shall not be paralyzed by fear;
All things in life are possible
For those who love and persevere.

Upon Jesus’ return to Capernaum, a multitude of people came to the house where He was staying to listen to His Word. While He was preaching, four men who could not enter the jampacked house broke the roof above Him to lower their paralytic friend for Jesus’ healing. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” (2:5) Here, the faith of the paralytic’s friends lay in stark contrast to the doubts of the scribes, who questioned our Lord’s authority to forgive sins. While the paralytic had obeyed Jesus’ command and stood to go home, the scribes remained paralyzed in their skepticism and unbelief.

Reflection

Despite the innumerable cures and exorcisms that Jesus performed before He left Capernaum, displaying His authority over evil spirits, over sickness, over nature, etc. the scribes still questioned His authority to forgive sins. This was because of their lack of faith. They refused to believe, even if the truth was already staring them in the face. It was the opposite in the case of the four men who refused to be cowed by obstacles in order to bring their friend to the healing power of Jesus. They believed that if there’s a will, there’s a way, even if they had to pay for the damages later.

Faith demands action. St. James said, “What good is it if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?… I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.” (Jam.2:14,18) The four friends of the paralytic were motivated into action because of their compassion for their sick friend. They wanted him to be restored back to his normal life. Jesus was moved by their faith and His compassion for the paralytic. He forgave the man’s sins first because He knew the paralytic needed forgiveness more than healing. God knows what we need more than we do.

Many of us are not abiding by God’s will when we doubt our capability to complete an assigned task. But it is only when we take action that God’s grace will be manifested in our life. 1 Corinthians 13 states that “Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things.” This means we must remain open to what the Lord will accomplish in our life, and persevere in faith.

We place ourselves in Your hands, O Lord, that we may receive Your grace. Amen.

2 Responses to “Healing of a Paralytic”

  1. OGAGIFO, O KELVIN  on February 4th, 2009

    i would need your fervent prayers for GOD’S purpose to be fulfilled in my life. i live in Nigeria and i need the grace to excel in all facets of my life! brothers in the LORD remember me in your daily prayers and interventions. the daily messages i just came across! i will strive to follow them up.thanks.
    kelvin

  2. markescobar  on February 19th, 2009

    To have compassion to people who’re afflicted with ailments or disabilities is the heart of being a Christian. Faith in the goodness of one’s soul enables one to reach out to others and take an extra mile to help someone in his predicament. I appreciate this reflection which really re-focused my insight in the continuing love and compassion of Jesus to people who’re suffering. Kudos and more power to this website.