“When Jesus saw their faith,” he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”
In these few words, we experience a moment of healing and mercy given to the paralytic and praise and thanksgiving to the four men who carried the mat of the paralytic, opened the roof, and lowered him to hear the words of Jesus. Jesus didn’t even think about it; he just did it! He would deal with the ugly thoughts of the Pharisees later. He was doing the work of the Father.
In reading this scripture passage from Mark, I can’t help but reflect on the many faith-filled people who have carried my mat on this journey of faith. My parents, grandparents, my loving spouse, family, friends, priests, nuns, and strangers who have been examples of faith, shown me mercy more times than I would like to admit, and strengthened my resolve to be more like the four men who carried the mat of the paralytic.
St. Peter Julian Eymard carried the mat of many along his life’s journey. Feeding the poor, healing the spiritually weak through countless letters of support, and proclaiming the Eucharist as bread broken for a hungry creation.
Whose mat will you lift, carry, and lower to Jesus today?
Attend to the pleas of your people with heavenly care, O Lord, we pray, that they may see what must be done and gain strength to do what they have seen. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. (From the Collect)
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)