Rise, take up your pallet and walk

“Rise, take up your pallet and walk”

The Gospel reading on the Second Sunday of Great Lent:

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”

He said to the paralytic – “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying,

“We never saw anything like this!”

– Mark 2:1-12

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Jessica is an employment specialist for marginalized youth in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys teaching, traveling and observing - especially the relationship between mind and heart. Jessica also has a passion for outdoor walks, dancing, and all things offbeat and authentic. You can contact her at hello@sofiasynergy.com.

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I love that they tore off the roof to plop the poor guy down. I’ve always found this story comical. And how did they climb to the roof with a man who’s on a stretcher? It must have been quite a fiasco.