When I come into your presence, O Lord,
I know I am in the presence of my Creator.
You created me out of Love.
You even know the amount of hairs on my head.
Your presence, O Lord, is the greatest of all.
Daily Prayer - 2018-01-12
When I come into your presence, O Lord,
Lord, may I never take the gift of freedom for granted.
You gave me the great blessing of freedom of spirit.
Fill my spirit with Your peace and Your joy.
How am I really feeling? Lighthearted? Heavy-hearted?
I may be very much at peace, happy to be here.
Equally, I may be frustrated, worried or angry.
I acknowledge how I really am. It is the real me that the Lord loves.
When Jesus 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." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, "Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Stand up and take your mat and walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" - he said to the paralytic - "I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home." And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"
Some thoughts on today's scripture
- A dramatic story! You could become involved in it by identifying with the paralyzed man, one of his friends, or one of those gathered around Jesus. Where you place yourself will affect how you experience the unfolding of events. Allow yourself to be surprised!
- What might have been a simple healing turns into a tense theological confrontation. It is Jesus who instigates this by forgiving the paralytic’s sins (which he wasn’t asked to do). The scribes who are present consider this to be blasphemy. Only God can forgive sins. Jesus then uses his power to heal the body as a sign that he has authority to heal the soul also. Mark is already signalling the charge on which the Jewish authorities will later seek the death penalty for Jesus – blasphemy.
- Note - the paralytic is dependent on his friends to bring him to Jesus. It is their faith that Jesus acknowledges and responds to. The paralytic himself never utters a word throughout.
Remembering that I am still in God's presence,
I imagine Jesus himself standing or sitting beside me,
and say whatever is on my mind, whatever is in my heart,
speaking as one friend to another.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
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