Friday 12 January 2024

About Today Readings

Day of penance

1 Samuel 8:4–7, 10–22. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord – Psalm 88(89):16–19. Mark 2:1–12.

Who loves you?

Today’s Gospel is so very beautiful. Four men bring their paralysed friend to Jesus to be healed. More than that, they dig through the ‘roof’ to get their friend to Jesus. Digging through a roof may sound absurd until you explore first century construction, but what is absurd is destroying someone’s house and interrupting an important gathering so as not to miss out.

Reflect on this reading: what are your wounds? How are you paralysed? Who are those who love you enough to carry you to be healed? Who would wreck someone’s house to ensure you are healed? Who of your friends loves you and Jesus like this? Stick with them.

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