Today’s Gospel Reading: Mark 2:1-12 – 1st ORDINARY WEEK: Friday, 18 January 2019
Jesus begins to clash with entrenched religious power. While Jesus was at home (His own?) the faith of friends precipitated a paralyzed man’s cure.
One of the strands woven into Mark’s Gospel is a polemic against an image of Jesus as one of many wandering miracle workers. In this reading Jesus cures the man to prove to the incredulous scribes that a more profound and significant healing had taken place in the forgiveness of sin. “So that you will know that the Son of Man has the power to forgive sins, I command you, rise and walk” (Mark 2:10).
The miracles were evidences of the spiritual regeneration at work in the Kingdom of God and not vice versa.
Once we are reconciled with God and others, pieces of our life begin to fall into place.
Jakarta, 18 January 2019
A Christian Pilgrim