Mark 2:1-12 Reflection – Rise Through Forgiveness

Reflection on Mark 2:1-12 ~

When Jesus feels we are ready, He reveals the wrongs that we previously denied or were not aware of. We have to further process what they are, feel remorse, pray, verbalize them, resolve to not to repeat them, go to Confession if necessary and then be grateful. No doubt saying “Yes” to the purgatory aspects of an interior life is difficult, yet, we must try as hard as the paralytic man. We have and will continue to fall down, then rise up through forgiveness, to pick up our mats numerous times in ours live.

The Palsied Man Let Down through the Roof, James Tissot, Brooklyn MuseumThe Palsied Man Let Down through the Roof, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum



Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Mark 2  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

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’? 10 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11 “I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.” 12 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!”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 2:1-12.