7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published on Feb 18th, 2012 by Austin Keith | 0

Our Gospel from St. Mark opens with our Lord returning to Capernaum to get some much
needed rest; He was “at home”. Yet, Jesus would never be alone again. Word has spread about
His curing the leper (last Sunday’s Gospel) and the crowds gather around the house where
Jesus is staying. And then; we witness a profound moment in time; a profound moment in faith.

With most miracles, we often have our faith strengthened by the miracle itself; that is, the
person who received the healing answered through prayer. This day, however, our attention
is focused on the faith of others: “They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men.”
Our four men remain un-named but their faith is what brings about the cure! Four men, at least
one of them most probably not wanting to be there, but we are told: “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. When Jesus saw their faith………

Often, we miss those opportunities of faith all around us as we are so consumed with our
own lives. Sometimes, we just don’t want to be bothered. Yet, as is testified by our miracle
this day, the faith and determination and availability of these “others” is what moved Jesus
to pity for the paralytic. Each day, we encounter others, many un-named, that could use the
smallest amount of help, or prayer, and can we not at least be present to one “other” each
day? Remember, one day that “other” might be you!

God Bless,
Father John