Traversing Unknown Road with the Lord
Lk 5,17-26: One day Jesus was teaching and many Pharisees and teachers of the Law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea and even from Jerusalem. They were sitting there while the power of the Lord was at work to heal the sick. Then some men brought a paralyzed man who lay on his mat. They tried to enter the house to place him before Jesus, but they couldn’t find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof and, removing the tiles, they lowered him on his mat into the middle of the group, in front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”
In this passage, we reflect on a day, during Our Lord’s proclamation. His days of healing and teaching, a multitude of people, even the top authorities regularly visited Our Lord. A group of faithful men brought a paralyzed man on his mat. Motivated by love for this man and the unshakable belief that Christ can heal him, they went up the roof through the path less chosen and removed the tiles, which were ‘impediments’ to get to Our Lord and be healed. Astonished by their faith, and overflowing with love and mercy, Christ treated him.
The Road Less Travelled
Most of us live through a life preferring comfort, going through the leveled path. Getting to the rooftop and creating an opening through the roof is no easy task. We must realize that to follow Christ; we must bear our crosses daily. Choose the path to Christ’s love and everlasting goodness.
There may be instances when we feel like God is testing us. Instead of bearing our crosses with glee, we mope around the corner and question Him, “Why is this happening to us? What did we do to deserve such loneliness?” These are the usual scenarios we go through when we experience trying times.
A Series of Impediments
The men in the passage did not just go through one hindrance, but a series of impediments, one after another. First, the man was paralyzed and cannot walk by himself thus a mat was used to get him around. A multitude of people was in the way, so they went up to the roof to get over this. Up the roof, there was no ready access, so they had to remove the tiles. What great faith they had!
As Christians, we will continuously encounter impediments. There will always be challenges. The enemy, Satan, and the fallen angels will consistently block our paths towards Paradise. Hence we must be vigilant. They will always find a means to lead us to avert from our true calling. Know that the most significant impediment is a sin. Sin draws us away from Our Lord. Sin prevents us from the realization of our true created purpose.
With this, we must pray and ask for forgiveness unceasingly. Every day, every moment is an opportunity to draw us closer to Our Lord. And every time we fall and ask for His mercy, He lovingly says “My friend, your sins are forgiven.”