Mark shares a more interesting story about the paralytic who has come down through the ceiling. But this healing in Matthew is equally remarkable.
It is not what the paralytic did, but what his friends did for him. His friends had faith that Jesus could see. I wonder, what did their faith look like? Was it obvious in the way they looked at Jesus in anticipation? In total belief that He could heal their friend? Was it the way they jostled themselves through the crowd that surrounded Jesus? Or was it the way they called out to Jesus in despair?
We sing a hymn titled: They Will Know That We Are Christians By Our Love. Think about this for a minute. This means that we treat all people with dignity and respect. We don’t get angry or aggressive physically or verbally.
When we disagree, we respond by seeking wisdom and understanding to understand the position of others. We talk. We ask questions. We look for answers. We might find some agreement. Other times we need more space to investigate the answers. Always, always done with love. Search your heart today. How well do you love your neighbor?
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen