For just as the divinity of the Word of God incarnate is common to soul and body, since He
has deified the flesh through the mediation of the soul to make it also to accomplish the
works of God; so similarly, in spiritual man, the grace of the Spirit, transmitted to the
body through the soul, grants to the body also the experience of things divine, and allows
it the same blessed experiences as the soul undergoes.
(St. Gregory Palamas. The Triads.
Paulist Press, New York, 1981, p. 51.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Christ entering the life of the paralytic.
· Christ making changing the life of the paralytic.
· The lesson of patience in the healing of the paralytic.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
April 22 - Visited two patients in Aliquippa Hospital.
April 23, 24, 25 - Accompanied friend of parish to doctor's office
and hospital in Sewickley.
April 26, 27 - Went to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.
April 27 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
April 28 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. at the YWCA.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Isidore the Priest) also said, "It is impossible for you to live according to God
if you love pleasures and money."
Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
Mark 15:43-47. 16:1-8
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in
Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving
of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water;
then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever
disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When
Jesus was him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time,
He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no
man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another
steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately
the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews
therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry
your bed." He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, "Take up your bed and walk."
Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, "Take up your bed and walk?" But the
one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in
that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been
made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." The man departed and told the
Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.
The healing of the paralytic is a strong lesson for individuals who feel alone, for
individuals who feel overwhelmed, and for those who feel forgotten. The healing of the
paralytic is a lesson for those who feel there is no one to help them.
The paralytic told Jesus: "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool..." The paralytic
felt alone. He was among others but considered himself to be without help. His longstanding
condition existed for thirty eight years
When Jesus came to the paralytic, the paralytic did not know or expect his life would
change. The paralytic did not know he would soon walk He did not know that Jesus Christ
would heal him.
Jesus Christ changes lives for the better. Jesus Christ is present for every person
even for the individuals who feel they have "no man to put them into the waters of healing."
The Lord Jesus Christ is a reassuring presence for each person at all times. The Lord
Jesus Christ is a healing presence for each individual. The Lord Jesus Christ loves the rich
and the poor, the sick and the healthy, men and women, young and old. Jesus loves individuals
of each century and of each continent.
The Lord Jesus Christ told the paralytic to take up his bed and walk. The Lord Jesus
Christ provides freedom to each individual accepting Christ in faith. The Gospel of
St. John states: "If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."
The freedom found in Christ carries with it the responsibility to honor Christ,
to love Christ, to follow Christ, to be true to Christ, to be thankful to Christ.
The Gospel of St. Luke describes the healing of ten lepers by Jesus. Only one leper took
time to return and thank Jesus. (Lk. 17:12-19)
Loneliness is a common affliction modern society. Suicide is in the news on a regular
basis. Depression is a common illness for which many seek medical help or counseling.
The mobility of modern society has separated individuals from their families. Many people
move from city to city, state to state, country to country without establishing long term
Coping with loneliness or feeling alone is necessary for individuals to combat despondency
and experience the glory of God. Coping with feelings of loneliness is necessary to experience
unity with Christ and healing by Christ.
Hope exists in Christ. Help exists in Christ. The lesson of the paralytic is not an
isolated instance. The lesson of the paralytic is not an aberration.
John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus and they asked: "'Are You the Coming
One, or do we look for another?' Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things
which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf
hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them."
The miracles of Christ are everywhere. Believers need only look with eyes of faith to see
the miracles of Christ. Believers need only open their hearts and minds to experience Christ.
The joy of Christ exceeds all joy. The Risen Christ fills the hearts and minds of
believers. The Sunday of the Paralytic is an integral part of Church's post-Pascha celebration.
The Resurrection of Christ established a new age. The Resurrection of Christ ushered in
a new way of viewing and understanding the world. The healed paralytic became a new person.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
(II Cor. 5:17)
The healed man could move about freely and experience life in new and different ways.
The healed man would carry in his heart and mind the reason for this new movement, this
Jesus healed the paralytic. Jesus heals believers of every century. Hope, love and life
centered in Jesus bears fruit. Hope, love and life centered in Jesus results in the freedom
experienced only in Christ.
When the Lord Jesus Christ enters a person's life and remains at the center of that life,
loneliness, despondency and hopelessness are defeated. Healing, hope and freedom prevail.
The Church is celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Crucified and
Risen Lord Jesus Christ ensures no person need feel alone or despondent. No person need feel
Jesus defeated death and offers life to all coming to Him in faith.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 16 / April 29, 2007
Sunday of the Paralytic.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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