January 15, 2021

“Rise, pick up your mat, and walk!” From what do we need to rise?

Our scripture readings are an interesting prelude to the holiday weekend and the inauguration of another American presidency. We also look forward to the Octave for Christian Unity next week, also beginning on Monday.

No matter who is inaugurated, do we recognize that the other half of our country is wounded and needs healing? Are we in a place where we see the need to rise from the unrest in political, racial, church issues, and our own faith concerns so that we can walk away and bring God’s glory to the situation? Can we be instruments of healing, or do we walk past these situations?

Early on in Mark’s gospel accounts (for remember, we are only in chapter two), the critics (scribes in this case) were attacking Jesus for his healing and forgiving. Can we move past being critics and rise up to see the good that God always does? Or, in the words of the letter to the Hebrews, can we NOT rest from God’s accomplishments and forgiveness and obey God’s will and ways?

We are challenged to “not forget the works of the LORD,” even when they are from folks who we do not see us doing any good works. God works in mysterious ways and rewards the creative who wish to “open the roof” on their faith and allow a miracle to take place. God continues to work with us, even on days of rest, despite our civil discord. Let us rise from the civic angst and previous political hardships and bring God’s forgiving love to a world that needs to say, because of our service, “We have never seen anything like this.”

Let Us Pray:

We hope in you, O God, and your healing presence of my heart. Help me to settle my restless spirit that I may truly forgive and gently move forward.

You guide all who cry out to you and open new possibilities for me. Guide, me O God, in your steadfast love!


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About John Thomas Lane, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Lane is pastor of his home parish, Saint Paschal Baylon, Highland Heights, Ohio. He writes and speaks regular on liturgy, has written two books for LTP, a four time member on the team of authors for Sourcebook, worked in a diocesan worship office and is an associate member of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC). He has degrees in education, music, theology and liturgy and also served his religious order as vocation minister. Contact him at jtlanesss@gmail.com or (440) 442-3410 extension 111.