Don’t let anyone keep you from Christ

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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Feb. 19, 2012
Isa 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25; Ps 41; 1 Cor 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12

This is one of the vivid stories in the Gospels. Jesus is at home, surrounded by a crowd; the roof opens up; a paralyzed man is lowered down on a mat; Jesus forgives his sins; he has a moment of dispute with the scribes present; and then he heals the man’s paralysis, and he gets up and walks away. Amazing!

But what catches my attention is right as the story is opening. “Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door.” It’s sort of like one of those sayings attributed to Yogi Berra: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” And so the four men were unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd. (more…)