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 him,
“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.”
This week we have been reading how Jesus was curing many people and He became like a rock star. Everyone wanted a piece of Jesus. It must have been like a mob scene as they brought the sick, lame, paralyzed, blind, etc. Wherever Jesus went a crowd followed Him. Imagine the scene with a group of men lowering this man through the roof to be in Jesus’ presence.
They were determined to get this man to the Source of all love, all healing, the Source of all creation itself. They knew where to go – to Jesus. And of course, Jesus healed the man and all were left astounded. Jesus is the Word of God and the Creator of the universe. He can do anything and all things. Do I entrust everything to Him?
Do I bring others to Jesus?
Do I go to Jesus myself whenever I need healing in any form?
To what extent will I go to find Jesus?
Dear Jesus, you are my Creator. You know me better than I know myself. There are times when I need healing – physically, spiritually and emotionally – and I turn to other people or things for the cure. Help me to trust in your completely for all my needs. And if I have a friend or neighbor in need, give me the courage to bring them to you through my words and actions.