Monday: 10th December, 2018

Reference text: Luke 5:19-26

Luke 5:19 But finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof [and removed some tiles to make an opening] and lowered him through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.

Most of the time, I am an optimist: I try to see the good in situations and in others, while expecting the best out of even the most difficult of circumstances. But today, I will put on the hat of a critic to dissect the actions of the friends of the paralysed man presented to Jesus. However, unlike a fair critic, I intend to be biased. I will take the rather unusual stance of seeing only the ‘bad’ in what they did.

This text is a classic exhibition of faith, such strong faith that I pray for friends like that: those who will carry me to Jesus. Nonetheless, however insignificant we may see it, these four friends had to get their friend to Jesus by breaking through the roof. Specifically, by clearing part of the roofing tiles. Hence, even though there was faith at work, one strong enough for Jesus to recognise, in exhibiting such strong faith; there was some accompanying destruction.

If I was being optimistic, I might say: ‘maybe the four friends were expert builders who knew the layout of a roof to safely create an opening large enough to let a man through, without compromising the safety of others or themselves. However, as a pessimist today, I don’t want to even begin to consider all the near misses that took place and oh, just one question: what if the roof had collapsed? Or should I make the argument that because Jesus was in the room that wouldn’t have happened? Maybe another day, I would, today, No !

But here is the thing, sometimes in exercising our faith and beliefs, we forget about others. The four friends mentioned, were all so focused on getting their friend to Jesus, which was a good thing. However, they gave little or no regard to the multitudes on the ground below while they exercised their faith from the roof. Yes, we are called to have faith and jump knowing that God is present. But my dear, do not only see yourself when doing so.

Remember # if exercing your faith has the potential to put others in a worse place, then be careful [and that’s me being an optimist]
God bless you.


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