The moving account of the display of true brotherhood by the four ‘friends’ of the paralysed man (Mark 2:3-5Mark 2:3-5) reminds one of the solidarity and bonding during the rescue operations following the tragedy of the 9/11 (September 11, 2001) terrorist attacks. Had the security agencies been a bit more proactive, possibly the tragedy of 9/11 would have been averted. Same obtains in the spiritual life also.
Hence we must not wait until someone dies in his/her sin, or suffers some other grave misfortune like falling into an avoidable sin, or some other avoidable mistake before looking out for one another (1 Samuel 8:4-7,10-22). As it could very well be too late to offer any reasonable assistance.
May we then encourage and help one another to live virtuously and be worthy of God’s eternal presence at all times (Psalm 89:16-19).
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Categories: Pithy Reflection