A Reflection on Mark 2:1-12
you looked with compassion on the men
who disassembled the roof of your home
to bring their paralyzed friend before you.
They tore through the structure that kept you
protected from the rain,
sheltered from the hot sun.
The hole they made – big enough to fit a man on a mat –
had the potential to destroy your home,
letting in water
and bugs, all of which
could potentially ruin
the furnishings within,
fine or simple,
it matters not,
for all that was housed within
was suddenly exposed to the
of this dangerous world.
The very world your roof was designed to deflect.
you didn’t look twice at that
It’s the strangest thing.
You focused all your attention on the man before you
and the friends beside him,
whose unafraid faith trusted that
you would heal him,
that you would care more for this man
than you would care for your roof,
and the (perhaps not so fine) furnishings within.
make me unafraid to dig a hole in the roof of the
so that You can be exposed to the
Unavoidable Elements of this world.
make me brave enough to disassemble your
so that I can squeeze in the people
who just don’t fit in,
who don’t feel they belong,
but who are your children, anyways, always.
give me the divine ability
to disregard the hole in the roof
as nothing but a blessing in disguise.
Because you were never meant to be
shielded from the
of this world.
On the contrary,
you came to confront the Elements.
You came to care for those
exposed and wounded and paralyzed
by the forces that terrorize bodies, minds, and souls.
The forces we hide from
behind our walls and pews and fine furnishings
and sacred roofs.
But what is the Church,
Your Body on Earth,
meant to be but
a conduit of your
offering the paralytic man before you
(let down through that sacred, beautiful hole)
a Blessed Wholeness – of body, mind, and spirit –
as more valuable in the eternal eyes of God
than a rickety manmade roof?
One thought on “On Disassembling Jesus’ House”
On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 1:27 PM Still a Beautiful World wrote:
> Laura Johnson posted: ” A Reflection on Mark 2:1-12 Jesus Heals a > Paralysed Man – vie de Jesus mafa Jesus, you looked with compassion on the > men who disassembled the roof of your home to bring their paralyzed > friend before you. They tore thro” >