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Mark 2:1-5

When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven.’

Mark 2:1-5
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    • Jesus saw the faith of the friends of the man who was paralysed. I think of all the good causes that gather people and pray for the faith, hope and courage of all who support others in their need.
    • The dismantled roof, the dramatic scene, the man's physical condition were not what was important to Jesus: he looked to the heart as he looks at mine. He calls me beyond the external conditions into a fullness of relationship with God.
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    • ‘It was while we were still sinners that God first loved us’. The forgiveness Jesus gives is unconditional. He says: when you are rejected by society, know that God embraces you. When no one else forgives your shame, feel God’s inexhaustible forgiveness upon you. You don’t deserve it. It is pure gift – accept it!
    • There are those who have wronged me. But Lord, do not hold their sin against them. They remain precious to you, and I let them go to you. You do not hold my sins and wrongdoing against me. So, if I am to be close to you, I have no choice but to let go those who have hurt me. I must wish them well, no matter what pain I feel.
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    • Two motifs intertwine in this scene. There is the curing of the paralytic and the forgiveness of his sins. The essential requirement for both events is faith in Jesus. Physical paralysis traps a person in their body. The paralysis of sin thwarts a person in spirit and stunts their growth. His friends have faith in the One who can make the blind to see and the lame to walk. They overcome every obstacle to present the paralytic for healing.
    • Lord, I thank you for the many times when I was carried by others to you. Keep me sensitive to people and places in our world that need to be carried in faith. May your healing power of loving forgiveness enable me to stand up, to walk and to glorify you.
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    • Jesus exudes a magnetic and powerful influence. From the religious authorities he evokes controversy and conflict. From those who carried the paralysed man, comes a boundary-breaking response of faith. They see in Jesus God’s agent of forgiveness. They see someone who breaks through legalism to liberate their friend in soul and body.
    • The difficulties of life can lead me to a paralysis of faith and an inability to reach out to the Lord. I recall with gratitude the faith of those who carried me to God in dark times.
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    • The man who was paralysed had to rely utterly on his friends to bring him to Jesus in the imaginative way they chose. I think of the trust he must have had in them and consider the trust I have in those close to me.
    • Despite the evident need of the man brought for healing, Jesus first told him of forgiveness. I listen to Jesus speak to me, forgiving my sins.
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    • The man who was paralysed had to rely utterly on his friends to bring him to Jesus in the imaginative way they chose. I think of the trust he must have had in them and consider the trust I have in those close to me.
    • Despite the evident need of the man brought for healing, Jesus first told him of forgiveness. I listen to Jesus speak to me, forgiving my sins.