Monday, May 7, 2012

Sunday of the Paralytic

Today in the Orthodox Church marks the Sunday of the Paralytic.

Looking at the icon of the lame man now walking, I couldn't help but think of the post I just wrote about Juliana's crawling track.


On this, the fourth Sunday of Pascha, we make commemoration of the Paralytic and, as is meet, we celebrate the miracle wrought for him.
The word of Christ was strength for the paralytic; And thus this word alone was his healing.
Jesus healed the Paralytic at the Sheep’s Pool, located near the Sheep’s Gate of Jerusalem, where people sacrificed their beasts and washed their insides. The pool had five sides, with a porch and arch on each. A number of people, afflicted with various diseases, passed through them, waiting at the water for an angel to come down and stir it. Once it moved, whoever stepped into the water first was instantly healed. One poor man, whose story is recounted in today’s Gospel lection in the Divine Liturgy, waited 38 years for someone to lower him into the water, because he was unable to move into the water himself. However, the Savior merely commanded the man to get up and walk, and he was healed.
By Thy boundless mercy, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.
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