‘We have seen strange things today’ [bible/reflection]

Today’s scripture. Luke 5:17-26

Some thoughts on today’s scripture

Jesus is the newly arrived kingdom, personified in his very self. Not only does he have the power to cure the paralysed man, he also lays claim to forgive the man’s sins – and this requires nothing less than God’s own power. “We have seen strange things today”, say the onlookers. Nothing had prepared them for this. But this precisely is what our Advent Season is about – we are commemorating the first coming of our Saviour, and we are also preparing a welcome for this Saviour in our own hearts, and in the world of today.

Putting yourself in today’s scripture

Imagine the scene. What colours, textures, sounds and smells do you notice? What captures your attention in particular? Why are you there?
You are watching Jesus. How does he seem to you? Does he look at you?
You notice a commotion – a noise, dust falling, light pouring in through a hole in the roof. The friends of a paralysed work creatively as a team to ensure that their paralysed friend meets Jesus. An encounter happens that heals not only his body but frees him from the paralysis of sin.
How do you feel as you watch the scene unfold?
Then Jesus looks at you. What do you want him to do for you?

Responding to today’s scripture

The paralysed man would not have been able to get to Jesus without the help of his friends. We need help also. Who can you ask for help? Can you
think of anyone who needs a helping hand from you? Bring before Jesus all those people whose needs you know. Bring them before Jesus so that they may receive the forgiveness, help and healing they need. Jesus speaks forgiveness to you too. Receive the healing that he offers and ask to understand the new life that Jesus has in mind for you.

by The Rev’d Kathryn Evans

Material taken from New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised, ‘Sacred Space’ by the Irish Jesuits,
Jesus Maf: Jesus heals a paralysed man (1973). From ‘Art in the Christian Tradition’: a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville TN, Creative Commons