Friday 13 January 2017

Fri 13th. St Hilary Day of penance. Hebrews 4:1-5, 11. Do not forget the works of the Lord!—Ps 77(78):3-4, 6-8. Mark 2:1-12.

Readings

'They came, bringing the paralytic to Jesus.'

So many people had gathered that they could not get in through the door, so they cut a hole in the roof and lowered the stretcher to the floor. Jesus saw their faith and said to the man, 'your sins are forgiven'.
In Jesus' time illness was seen as a curse but the scribes did not believe Jesus had the power to forgive sins. Their lack of faith is in direct contrast to that of the four friends. Jesus proves to those doubters that his authority is from God. Who would be the four who would carry me or you? What a great act of unselfish love is enacted in this story. Here we certainly see God's power but we also see the power of friends who support and pray for each other.

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