2002 Lenten Sermon on the healing of the paralytic

 1 And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. 2 Immediately[a] many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. 3 Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. 4 And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”
6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”
8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!” St. Mark 2:1-12


The situation of the paralyzed man in St. Mark 2:1-12 has much to teach all of us. Why? The homilist replies,

Because we’re paralyzed too. We have spiritual paralysis. We have spiritual blindness.

We see in the text four men who exemplify St. Paul’s vision of mutual concern as set forth in his first letter to the Corinthians 12:23-26:

  23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. http://www.biblegateway.com/ 

The homilist speaks of the dual healing of body and soul, and our need of effort and struggle, to press through the crowd- up on and through the roof if need be- toward Jesus our healer, bringing all our difficulties to him. 

Orthodox Christian sermons are integral to our worship, to the work of the people in Divine Liturgy. The Holy Spirit is operative through this liturgical Word; it is the source from which all other words flow, such as those in books and blogs.  Lex orandi, lex credendi; the rule of prayer is the rule of faith. So partake of the source:

Text: http://www.orthodox.net/audio/great-lent-sunday-02-healing-of-the-paralytic_2002.html

Audio: http://www.orthodox.net/audio/great-lent-sunday-02_2002+paralytic.html

Same sermon in Word format: http://www.orthodox.net/sermons/great-lent-sunday-02_2002+paralytic.doc


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