Morning Prayer and the Healing of the Paralysed Man
This week at Morning Prayer in St Mary’s, following the Common Worship lectionary, we have started St Mark’s Gospel, and we will be reading it almost to the end of October. That is for the second reading each day, but for the Old Testament lesson during the same period, we shall finish Jeremiah next week, then have a run of the ‘minor’ prophets (only minor because they have short books!): Micah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah before starting Ezekiel. There is a loyal little band of attendees at 8.00 a.m. each day Monday to Saturday, with a different person conducting the service each day. We have visitors and friends. Our numbers vary from one or two, up to eight or nine, but generally we are about four. You are most welcome and will be guided through the service - though it quickly becomes second nature - and we have the excitement of reading these books together, as well as the daily psalm.
Today we have reached the beginning of chapter 2 of St Mark. It is the attractive story of the healing of the paralysed man. That is the one lowered by his friends into Jesus’ presence, they having first broken a hole in the roof! I recall earlier this year conducting an assembly in St Mark’s School using this incident as an example. It is a wonderful picture of co-operation and reliance on each other, as well as being a demonstration of faith and persistence. A great story, and one the children love to hear and draw or model.