“Rise and walk” -here are the words of Jesus to the paralysed person.We can imagine this person who has been living inhabited by the desire to walk, but he wasn’t able to. The desire, probably, may have even transformed itself into hopelessness and discouragement. And so, the time when he hopes no more, there he meets Jesus who tells him: “rise and walk”.
Is it mockery? How can I, a paralysed person rise and walk? But it’s not mockery. That’s the fruit, oh yes, of the encounter with Jesus.
Readings Isaiah 35: 1–10 Psalm 85: 9–14 Luke 5:17-26
Today, it’s my turn to meet Jesus in my paralysis. In the hopelessness and discouragement which may have been settled in my life, today the word of God comes to assure me: don’t be afraid, here comes your God, your saviour. He comes to save you.
“Rise and walk”! Lord, may our forms of paralysis that keep us bedridden hear this command that comes from you so that, liberated from whatever holds us crippled, we may have the joy of leaping like a deer.
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