Lectio Divina Reading
March 29, 2007
Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22, 24b-25
"Forget the former things;
the people I formed for myself
"Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob,
"I, even I, am he who blots out
2 Corinthians 1:18-22
But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not "Yes" and "No." For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not "Yes" and "No," but in him it has always been "Yes." For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)
A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the
people heard that he had come home. So many gathered that there was no
room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since
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. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the
paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Immediately 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? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat 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 tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." He 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!"
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