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Week of 1 Lent, Thursday – March 1

Psalm 50; Genesis 39:1-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Mark 2:1-12

Mark 2:1-12

When he 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!”


Wow, how committed do I need to be to dismantle a roof just to get someone to Jesus?   think about obstacles in my life, like the roof, that hinder me from openly asking someone to “come follow Jesus.”  Could it be my fear of what others will think if I more directly connect my spiritual life with other aspects in my life – at work, with extended family, friends, or neighbors – and ask them to follow Jesus?  Maybe I’m afraid I would be embarrassed to be labeled an “evangelist’ – you know all those images on Sunday morning TV!  For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately and will be searching my soul for answers this Lenten season.  I want to be comfortable enough at some point in my spiritual life to just ask someone to follow Jesus but I’m not there yet – there’s still a roof to be dismantled.

In the mean time I find comfort in this: God has provided a door that’s much easier to access than the roof.  By just peeking through the door, I can see Jesus’ acts of kindness, caring, love, and compassion and I can reach in, grab some, and carry them to those in need through my daily deeds.  For me right now, it’s just easier to take a part of Jesus to others through my examples of his acts than to ask them to come follow Jesus.  So during this Lenten season, I’m going to do a lot of wondering, praying, and asking God to help me with a plan to break through the roof.  Time will tell if it’s a short or long term plan.  Either way, I know he has a plan for me to “come follow Jesus.”


Tom H.

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