Sunday of the Paralytic

 A Homily for the Sunday of the paralytic

by Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov):

He begins:

Today is a feast day for all of us paralytics. Today, brothers and sisters, we to a certain degree are meeting our name-day, our feast day. Who among us can boast that he is strong, courageous, bearing all the misfortunes of this age, fulfilling all of Christ’s commandments? Deliver us, O Lord, if such a person stands in our midst — one cannot imagine a worse righteous or strong man! The Apostle Paul says: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Cor 12:10). But the Apostle did not deprive himself of one thing: strong faith and undoubting hope in the Savior. “The power of God is made perfect in weakness!” . . .

In the “disability movement” some consider the assertion “we’re all disabled” as a trivialization of the situation of persons with disabilities. Nevertheless, this is the understanding of the Orthodox Christian Tradition.

Most human beings would like to think we fall into the”normal” camp. But this is self-deception.

The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart He will not despise.” (Psalms 50, LXX)  

We don’t get there by pretending we’re OK. And so we sing, in our liturgical worship,

Kontakion in the Third Tone
I am grievously paralyzed in a multitude of sins and wrongful deeds. As You raised up the paralytic of old, also raise up my soul by Your divine guidance, that I may cry out, “Glory to Your Power O Compassionate Christ.”

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