January 12, 2018 Friday of the 1st Week of Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22

Psalm 89

Mark 2:1-12

Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him.  Mk 2:4

Lord, we admire the intentions of the cripple’s four friends.  They brought him to you for healing but ran into a problem.  The obstacle was the size of the crowd but they didn’t give up.  Opening up the roof and lowering their friend through it was a radical deed of love.  You recognized their faith and their daring perseverance immediately.  How often do I let small obstacles or inconveniences stop me from doing your work?  I know sometimes I have given up too soon because I was afraid or embarrassed to do something out of the ordinary.  Lord, you tested the faith of the man’s friends and they passed with flying colors.  I’ll bet you forgave their sins too.  May this story encourage me to persevere in doing good for those who may rely on me especially when it’s difficult.  Help me to see your will and to trust that you will provide a path around any barriers.  Increase my faith to stay the course and dare to be bold.  May I work for what I pray for.  Amen.