READING Mark 2:1-12
Rather than be amazed at Jesus’ ability to heal the human body, when the paralytic man and his friends arrived, the Pharisees were angry that Jesus claimed to be able to heal the human soul. But Jesus’ goal is always our spiritual restoration – the perfect connection of the creation with its Creator. While we can often be distracted by our physical limitations, Jesus is able to see past the physical and discern the needs of our heart. He knew that above all, what the paralytic man needed was a way to be connected to the heart of the Father- and He gave him both that gift and the gift of physical wholeness. Are we like the paralytic man, being restored to wholeness, or like the Pharisees, caught in the trap of wanting Jesus to work in a way that feels safe and comfortable?
And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”