Thursday in the First Week of Lent

by Wayne Seifried

Cross for Lent 2012
Genesis 39:1-23
Psalms 19, 46
1 Cor. 2:14-3:15
Mark 2:1-12

Once again we have a gospel narrative in which Jesus performs a miracle of healing. Or is it healings? Jesus forgives the paralytic’s sins which is a spiritual healing. To prove to the doubting scribes, he commands the paralytic to stand and walk, which he does, constituting a physical healing. Upon witnessing this event, the entire crowd glorifies God, which is a communal healing, mending the rift between God and man. This also opens the hearts of thee scribes, who Jesus heard in their hearts questioning his ability to forgive sins, an ability they thought to be the provenance of God alone.

Today this passage reminds us of Jesus’ healing powers. It shows us that Jesus is here for all of us, modern day scribes and common men, and that all we need to do is be open to his love for us and through him we can start physical, spiritual and communal healing. Jesus has the power to give us courage even when paralyzed with fear, strength when rendered weak and immobile by physical ailments, to bring us closer to God at those times when we are catatonic in our hearts as we face God every day.

Ultimately, in this Gospel Jesus’ healing powers are a tool to demonstrate to all that the Son of Man has the power to forgive sins. May we all come to be healed through Christ, have our sins forgiven, and become closer to God.

The Collect for Today:

Strengthen us, O Lord, by your grace, that in your might we may overcome all spiritual enemies, and with pure hearts serve you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.