Scripture: Matthew 9:1-8
Key verses: (4-5) But Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’?
Reflection: Matthew’s story is good news to the paralytics and their friends who originally heard these words, and the ones who hear them today. God’s love does not wait for us to work through the answers to the big questions. God’s love does not rest on our ability to formulate an answer to the questions of faith. Jesus does not wait for an answer before healing the paralytic.
Our relationship with Jesus is not transactional, it is relational. The healing doesn’t happen because of the faith of the paralytic. The healing is an unmerited gift. Maybe that is why the people standing around were filled with awe. This is not what was or is ever expected so we have to respond with praise and joy. Thanks be to God for love and healing that is always working in our lives.
Prayer: We are in awe God, for things great and things small and for your love that is in both. We give thanks for every unearned ounce of Your grace. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].