Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 7, 2009
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. we hope you will be blessed.
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"And after getting into a boat Jesus crossed the
water and came to his own town. And just then
some people were carrying a paralysed man lying
on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said
to the paralytic, 'Take heart, son; your sins
I suspect the man's paralysis is a spiritual
metaphor for all of us. Everyone has missed
the mark (sinned) somewhere in life. Probably
we have felt frozen with guilt and remorse,
anger and frustration, regret and other feelings.
Perhaps we have become spiritually paralyzed
through sins of omission and those sins
intentionally committed. All of us have
sinned. Only Jesus is the sinless one.
Only God is perfect.
Another powerful story of Jesus the Healer,
recorded in Matthew 9:1-8, Mark 2:3-12, and
Luke 5:18-26, is a story about spiritual
paralysis, faith, sin, forgiveness, and hope.
This liberating tale can transform our
perspectives and our lives.
In today's story, these remarkable friends
earnestly believed Jesus would heal their
companion. They awkwardly carried him to
the Healer. When Jesus saw their faith, he
said to the paralytic, "Be encouraged, child,
your sins are forgiven." The religious leaders
of the day were outraged. Only God could
forgive sins. According to Orthodox Jewish
law, Jesus was blaspheming. This offense
was worthy of death.
We see yet another new picture of Jesus.
Nature obeys him, but he can also read our
human thoughts and hearts. He reads the
minds of the critical teachers of the law.
He confronts them with spiritual questions.
Then he proves his authority to forgive sins
through healing the paralytic and tells him
to get up, pick up his mat, and go home.
The paralytic springs to his feet, a new man
in Christ! And the crowds marvel in awe.
They praised God who had given such
astonishing authority to Jesus.
Where are we in this story? Are we the
paralyzed, the faith-filled friends, the
astonished crowd, or the disciples? Or
are we so deeply religious that we cannot
see the power of Christ with fresh eyes?
Where have we missed the mark in our lives
and experienced spiritual paralysis?
God, show us where we are spiritually
paralyzed and heal us. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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