The Friends of the Paralytic

"The Palsied Man Let Down Through the Roof" (detail) by James Tissot [Public domain]

“They knew they couldn’t heal their friend themselves. But they could bring him to Jesus.” As we jump into Ordinary Time this week, the Gospel readings at daily Mass don’t lose any time moving through the extraordinary works of Jesus’ public ministry. This is because Ordinary Time always begins with Mark’s Gospel, and Mark doesn’t lose any time with anything. […]

Lessons from the Paralytic

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25; Psalms 41:2-3, 4-5, 13-14; Second Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12. This series appears each Wednesday. Sometimes we act as if sins are just black marks against us in God’s ledger, debits against our rewards account. But the gospel story of […]