1過了些日子，耶穌又進了迦百農。人聽見他在房子裡， 2 就有許多人聚集，甚至連門前都沒有空地；耶穌就對他們講道。 3 有人帶著一個癱子來見耶穌，是用四個人抬來的； 4 因為人多，不得近前，就把耶穌所在的房子，拆了房頂，既拆通了，就把癱子連所躺臥的褥子都縋下來。 5 耶穌見他們的信心，就對癱子說：「小子，你的罪赦了。」 6 有幾個文士坐在那裡，心裡議論，說： 7 「這個人為甚麼這樣說呢？他說僭妄的話了。除了神以外，誰能赦罪呢？」 8 耶穌心中知道他們心裡這樣議論，就說：「你們心裡為甚麼這樣議論呢？ 9 或對癱子說『你的罪赦了』，或說『起來！拿你的褥子行走』；哪一樣容易呢？ 10 但要叫你們知道，人子在地上有赦罪的權柄。」就對癱子說： 11 「我吩咐你，起來！拿你的褥子回家去吧。」 12 那人就起來，立刻拿著褥子，當眾人面前出去了，以致眾人都驚奇，歸榮耀與神，說：「我們從來沒有見過這樣的事！」
1A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. 2So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. 3Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. 4Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. 5When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7“Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? 9Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins . . . .” He said to the paralytic, 11“I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
- God has called us not only to individual spiritual formation, but to be formed into communities of faith too. We pray for one another and work for the healing and wholeness of others, just as this paralytic’s four friends help him receive the healing he needs.
- Prayer: Dear Lord, how I desire the mutual love, care and sacrificial support between this paralytic and his friends. I hope that there will be similar relationships between me and my cell members so that we may all receive healings in our body, emotion, spiritual life, daily life……
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.