I don’t know about you, but I so love the Advent readings from the Prophet Isaiah. They are filled with so much beauty and hope. “Then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing.” In the Gospel reading today from Luke 5, we see a healing of a paralyzed man. Now, it doesn’t say that he leapt like a stag, but I’m sure he probably could have after receiving a healing from Jesus!
The story goes like this. Jesus is in a crowded house. Some men bring one of their paralyzed friends on a stretcher to be healed. They can’t get into the house, so they improvise. They go up on the roof, remove part of the roof and lower their friend down to Jesus. Jesus heals him, and the rest of the story is very cool. Be sure to read it. This story always makes me think of the power of friendship.
Today’s story is one of real friendship. These guys went out of their way for a friend. They didn’t have to take him up on the roof. They could have turned around and said, “Sorry, pal. We can’t get you to Jesus.” But they did whatever it took to help a friend get to Jesus. Are we willing to do the same for our friends, our family? Do whatever it takes to get them to Jesus? It may require great sacrifice on our part. But I guess that’s what real love is all about.
Father, help us to do whatever it takes to lead others to Jesus, especially our friends. Amen.
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I just spent a wonderful weekend on Retreat with some very special friends and also some new friends. I can only hope after the inspiring message the Fr. Steve passed along to us many now have a more enlightened thought or concept of our Lord. I know I do.