Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 2-8 August 2015
“Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.”
During our college days, in our subject Sociology, we often hear the term “Structural Functionalism.” This theory sees the society as made up of different components that interact and depend on each other. Through this interaction and interdependence, the society progresses.
It is in similar way to the present society of believers in the face of God. We are made up of different talents, abilities and knowledge He has given us. Through this differences, we are invited to partake and participate in activities that glorify Him. Collective action enables us to utilize what we have, together with other believers with different abilities and skills, to praise God and to change the world.
Human beings are created as social creatures and as such, we also depend and need others not only inside the church but also on different situations in our lives. When we are born, we are dependent to our parents for care. As we grow, we do not only depend on our parents but also on others. With this interdependence, it clearly shows that no human is an island. We need others.
God’s love and presence is also manifested in others. We see God’s works and answers to our prayers from others. We may not see Him personally but we know He is present because He manifests Himself from others, especially to the needy. This is especially manifested when four people carried a paralytic to Jesus for healing at Capernaum. The paralytic alone cannot send himself to Christ and so needed the help of the other four.
As we start another week, let us pray for others too, especially those we value and love the most. For in them, God shows His presence and care for us.
For Jesus commanded us,
Love others as you love yourself
For in them,
Jesus Christ is manifested.
“We are all in the same boat, in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty.” – G.K. Chesterton