ISSL Reflections January 17, 2021, Mark 2:1-12 Post 1

I.
As we read this week’s Scripture we find … “When [Jesus] returned to Carpernaum after some days, it was reported he was at home…. “ Mark 2:1

As you spend time in this passage of Scripture, pay attention to what Jesus finds when he returns home.

II.
Mark 2:1-12

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

III.
Who was there?

Why did these people show up at Jesus’ home? What were they looking for? What did they want?

Pay attention to their actions. And their conversations. What do you hear in their voices and in the tone of their voices?

If you had been there that day, what group of people would you have found yourself with?

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi es

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