Readings for Feb 19, 2012: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b- 25   2 Corinthians 1:18-22   Mark 2:1-12   The Message


      Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25

Thus says the Lord:

“Forget about what’s happened;

don’t keep going over old history.

Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.

It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,

rivers in the badlands.

Drinking water for the people I chose,

the people I made especially for myself,

a people custom-made to praise me.


“But you didn’t pay a bit of attention to me, Jacob.

You so quickly tired of me, Israel.

Yet you haven’t been stingy with your sins.

You’ve been plenty generous with them—and I’m fed up.


“But I, yes I, am the one

who takes care of your sins—that’s what I do.

I don’t keep a list of your sins.

© 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


      2 Corinthians 1:18-22


Brothers and sisters:

Are you now going to accuse me of being flip with my promises

because it didn’t work out? Do you think I talk out of both sides of my

mouth—a glib yes one moment, a glib no the next? Well, you’re wrong. I

try to be as true to my word as God is to his. Our word to you wasn’t a

careless yes canceled by an indifferent no. How could it be? When Silas

and Timothy and I proclaimed the Son of God among you, did you pick up

on any yes-and-no, on-again, off-again waffling? Wasn’t it a clean,

strong Yes?


Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In

him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our

Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing

in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us

with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to

complete.                                 © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson



Mark 2:1-12


          A Paraplegic

After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around

that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one

could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic

to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of

the crowd, they removed part of the roof and lowered the paraplegic on

his stretcher. Impressed by their bold belief, Jesus said to the

paraplegic, “Son, I forgive your sins.”


Some religion scholars sitting there started whispering among

themselves, “He can’t talk that way! That’s blasphemy! God and only God

can forgive sins.”


Jesus knew right away what they were thinking, and said, “Why are

you so skeptical? Which is simpler: to say to the paraplegic, ‘I forgive

your sins,’ or say, ‘Get up, take your stretcher, and start walking’?

Well, just so it’s clear that I’m the Son of Man and authorized to do

either, or both . . .” (he looked now at the paraplegic), “Get up. Pick

up your stretcher and go home.” And the man did it—got up, grabbed his

stretcher, and walked out, with everyone there watching him. They rubbed

their eyes, incredulous—and then praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen

anything like this!”                  © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson


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