I call them the roofers. We don't know their names. They took their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing. When they found they couldn't get into the house where he was, they climbed up on the roof, took the roof apart and made a hole big enough to get their friend through on his mat. Then they hauled him up to the roof and lowered him right in front of Jesus. Their actions show determination and grit, love and faith.
They couldn't get in because the house was full of Pharisees and teachers of the law who were listening to Jesus teach. And the Scripture says "the power of the Lord was present for him to heal the sick" (Luke 5:17). Were none of the pharisees or the law professors in need of healing? His reputation preceded him. They knew Jesus healed people.
While the Pharisees and the professors doubted, the roofers believed. The paralyzed man believed. Jesus saw their belief and healed. The man got up rejoicing. "Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God" (5:26). I bet the roofers put the roof back together before they left.
For Reflection: Am I listening to the teaching of Jesus but not believing in his power? Am I desperate enough to get to Jesus that I'll tear off a roof? What has come between me and Jesus?
Let us pray. Jesus, I'm hungry for your touch, your love, your healing. I don't want anything to stand between us. I need you desperately.
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.