"Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying..."
I never can read this Gospel without thinking of Fr. Mike's homily on it a million years ago. He spoke of the fact that sometimes in our lives, we are lowering our friends to be near Jesus, and other times, we are on the mat being lowered ourselves. We take turns both on the mat and on the corners. It was stunning to me then and I still marvel at it now. Probably because I can see vividly how it has happened in my life. Sometimes on the mat, needing others to help me to Jesus, sometimes on the corner, helping other people get closer to Jesus. And then what Jesus says to the paralytic, "Child, your sins are forgiven." (v. 5) Such a gift, that! No matter what is going on in the life of the one on the mat, Jesus recognizes that true peace and spiritual well-being comes with the forgiveness of sins...and that is the first magnanimous gift Jesus gives! Isn't that beautiful! Enjoy your day, weekend and Martin Luther King Day! Love, heidi