Friday: 18th January, 2019

Reference text: Mark 2:1-12

Mark 2:12 And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”

Different people have their own reasons for a drastic turn around in their lives. For some, they had to get the lowest point in their lives before realising they were meant for much more. For others, it took a word from someone to trigger that change but for many, including the paralysed man mentioned in today’s Gospel; it takes a personal encounter with somebody to initiate the protocol for true change.

The man described was brought to Jesus paralysed and lying on a mat. He was brought at a point in his life when he was absolutely dependent on the providence of others. Such was this reality that he would have been helpless to do anything had his friends carried him anywhere else but to Jesus. However, they were people we can describe as ‘genuine friends’, the kind of friends we should pray to also have’.

Here comes the sequel: ‘the man who came in paralysed and helpless, returned walking and carrying the same mat on which he was brought’. All it took was one moment in the presence of Jesus and his whole life spun to face another way, towards newness, renewed enthusiasm and a cause for joy.

In the magnificat, often described as Mary’s song of praise, we find the words ‘I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened… (Luke 1:46ff. the Message). Sweetheart, one genuine encounter is what you need and when that happens, you will begin a brand new chapter in your life.


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