The faith of the community inspires us, encourages us and supports us.
Mark 2: 1 – 12.
Today’s gospel is the beautiful story of four men carrying a paralytic to Jesus for healing. The passage says that Jesus saw their faith and he healed the paralytic.
Faith is a personal and communal relationship. Faith is a personal belief and trust in God. When praying the Creed we begin with the words: “I believe in God…” It points to our personal relationship with God. Yet we do not stand alone. We join with brothers and sisters who also profess their faith in God. Our combined belief brings us into relationship with others, thus making faith communal. The faith of the community inspires us, encourages us and supports us.
We can expect that when our faith cannot carry us, the community’s faith will. This is precisely what is happening in the gospel. The paralytic could not get to Jesus on his own, therefore, his companions brought him. Jesus healed the paralytic because he saw his community’s faith. Our community is our faith support on whom we can lean.