Advent, Day 2 ...
Ever had one of those days? weeks? months where you just feel stuck? You have a lot of things you want to do or intend to do or are expected to do but you can't seem to do any of them. And these things aren't necessarily choices between good and evil. Most often these are choices between one good and another good. That paralysis we experience from too many options causes us a great deal of anxiety and real suffering.
That's what struck me when reading today's Gospel from Matthew:
When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully." He said to him, "I will come and cure him." The centurion said in reply, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, "Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven." Matthew 8:5-11
Usually it's the "Lord, I am not worthy" that jumps out at me. But today it's the subject of the healing... the paralyzed. We are the paralyzed. We are in need of the healing. And the good news (quite literally) is that the Lord only needs to say the word and we will be healed. But like the centurion, we have to actually ask the Lord to say that word.
What does being healed from paralysis look like in your life?
Does it look like taking action?
Does it look like letting go of some of the options?
Does it look like peace?
Does it look like rest?
He said to him, "I will come and cure him."