The heal­ing of a par­a­lytic

Manila Bulletin - - Editorial -

WHEN Je­sus re­turned to Caper­naum af­ter some days, it be­came known that He was at home. Many gath­ered to­gether so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and He preached the word to them. They came bring­ing to Him a par­a­lytic car­ried by four men. Un­able to get near Je­sus be­cause of the crowd, they opened up the roof above Him. Af­ter they had bro­ken through, they let down the mat on which the par­a­lytic was ly­ing. When Je­sus saw their faith, He said to the par­a­lytic, “Child, your sins are for­given.” Now some of the scribes were sit­ting there ask­ing them­selves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blas­phem­ing. Who but God alone can for­give sins?” Je­sus im­me­di­ately knew in His mind what they were think­ing to them­selves, so He said, “Why are you think­ing such things in your hearts? Which is eas­ier, to say to the par­a­lytic, ‘Your sins are for­given,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has au­thor­ity to for­give sins on earth”— He said to the par­a­lytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of every­one. They were all as­tounded and glo­ri­fied God, say­ing, “We have never seen any­thing like this.”

REFLECTION JE­SUS IM­ME­DI­ATELY KNEW IN HIS MIND. For Je­sus, the ef­forts of the four men to bring the par­a­lytic to Him ex­press their faith that He could heal their friend. They have to open up the roof of the house, break through it, and let down the mat on which the par­a­lytic is ly­ing. Faith in this case is ex­pressed not in words but in ac­tion.

The scribes are ques­tion­ing in their hearts Je­sus’ au­thor­ity to for­give sins, be­cause for them God alone can for­give sins. Their un­be­lief is ex­pressed in their mur­mur­ings in their hearts, yet Je­sus im­me­di­ately knows them in His mind. The words and deeds of Je­sus are rea­son enough to be­lieve in Him, yet the scribes do not ac­cept Him be­cause of their pre­con­ceived ideas. The four men car­ry­ing the par­a­lytic and the scribes thus rep­re­sent two at­ti­tudes, be­lief and un­be­lief re­spec­tively.

Our own bi­ases can crip­ple our faith in the Lord. Cite con­crete ways by which you give wit­ness to your faith in the Lord be­fore un­be­liev­ers.

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