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Luke 5:17-26

One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. Just then some men came, carrying a paralysed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. When he saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'

Luke 5:17-26
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    • In this miracle, Jesus performs both a spiritual and a physical healing. Am I a spiritual paralytic? What is crippling me in following Jesus?
    • Without the help of his four determined friends, the paralytic could never have made his way to Jesus to be healed. How might I help a friend find healing in Christ?
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    • The patient is not stretchered on the corridor, as sometimes happens in our hospitals, but lowered through the roof, a helpless paralytic.
    • Lord, you do not want us to be helpless, immobile, or dependent on others for our every movement. You give us energy and dynamism, tell us to rise, take up our bed, and walk. You give us life, and more abundantly than before. No room for self-pity or learned helplessness. You ask each of us to take charge of our own life.
    • Only God can forgive sin. That is why the scribes and Pharisees thought that Jesus was speaking blasphemy. The Pharisees and scribes did not miss the implication of Jesus' action: he was implying that God's power to heal and forgive sin was made manifest in his own words and deeds.
    • Not only did Jesus forgive sin, he gave his apostles the power to do the same. Where can I find that power at work today?
    • When I come to pray, I do not come alone. I bring before Jesus all those people whose needs I know, all those for whom I have hopes. I lay them before Jesus so that they may receive the help and healing they need.
    • Jesus speaks forgiveness to me. I receive the healing that he offers and ask to understand the new life that Jesus has in mind for me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The patient is not stretchered on the corridor, as sometimes happens in our hospitals, but lowered through the roof, a helpless paralytic.
    • Lord, you do not want us to be helpless, immobile, or dependent on others for our every movement. You give us energy and dynamism, tell us to rise, take up our bed, and walk. You give us life, and more abundantly than before. No room for self-pity or learned helplessness. You ask each of us to take charge of our own life.
    • Only God can forgive sin. That is why the scribes and Pharisees thought that Jesus was speaking blasphemy. The Pharisees and scribes did not miss the implication of Jesus' action: he was implying that God's power to heal and forgive sin was made manifest in his own words and deeds.
    • Not only did Jesus forgive sin, he gave his apostles the power to do the same. Where can I find that power at work today?
    • When I come to pray, I do not come alone. I bring before Jesus all those people whose needs I know, all those for whom I have hopes. I lay them before Jesus so that they may receive the help and healing they need.
    • Jesus speaks forgiveness to me. I receive the healing that he offers and ask to understand the new life that Jesus has in mind for me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The patient is not stretchered on the corridor, as sometimes happens in our hospitals, but lowered through the roof, a helpless paralytic.
    • Lord, you do not want us to be helpless, immobile, or dependent on others for our every movement. You give us energy and dynamism, tell us to rise, take up our bed, and walk. You give us life, and more abundantly than before. No room for self-pity or learned helplessness. You ask each of us to take charge of our own life.
    • Only God can forgive sin. That is why the scribes and Pharisees thought that Jesus was speaking blasphemy. The Pharisees and scribes did not miss the implication of Jesus' action: he was implying that God's power to heal and forgive sin was made manifest in his own words and deeds.
    • Not only did Jesus forgive sin, he gave his apostles the power to do the same. Where can I find that power at work today?
    • When I come to pray, I do not come alone. I bring before Jesus all those people whose needs I know, all those for whom I have hopes. I lay them before Jesus so that they may receive the help and healing they need.
    • Jesus speaks forgiveness to me. I receive the healing that he offers and ask to understand the new life that Jesus has in mind for me.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The patient is not stretchered on the corridor, as sometimes happens in our hospitals, but lowered through the roof, a helpless paralytic.
    • Lord, you do not want us to be helpless, immobile, or dependent on others for our every movement. You give us energy and dynamism, tell us to rise, take up our bed, and walk. You give us life, and more abundantly than before. No room for self-pity or learned helplessness. You ask each of us to take charge of our own life.
    • Only God can forgive sin. That is why the scribes and Pharisees thought that Jesus was speaking blasphemy. The Pharisees and scribes did not miss the implication of Jesus' action: he was implying that God's power to heal and forgive sin was made manifest in his own words and deeds.
    • Not only did Jesus forgive sin, he gave his apostles the power to do the same. Where can I find that power at work today?
    • When I come to pray, I do not come alone. I bring before Jesus all those people whose needs I know, all those for whom I have hopes. I lay them before Jesus so that they may receive the help and healing they need.
    • Jesus speaks forgiveness to me. I receive the healing that he offers and ask to understand the new life that Jesus has in mind for me.