Which is easier, to say to the paralytic,Mark 2:1-12
‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”
–he said to the paralytic,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.”
He rose, picked up his mat at once,
and went away in the sight of everyone.
How will it be when healing comes, O Christ who came to save? What can you do with those who jump alive into their graves? What, will you lift us from the earth, or give us strength to rise? Or spit your grace into the dirt and smear mud on our eyes? You'll gently tug it from our grip when we cling to your robe, or turn and strike us on the hip when we will not let go. Just drag your shadow over us, who lie here at your feet, or write your mercy in the dust 'til our accusers flee. You could just say our sins are gone, but we would lie here still who know too well what we have done, the measure of our guilt. And so you say, “Get up and walk,” to show us you forgive. The prison doors at last unlock, and we can rise and live.