Open Roof Hospitality

| February 24, 2015

Sometimes when I’m reading through familiar texts of Scripture, one line from a passage stops me in my tracks. Often, it’s not necessarily the main point of the passage, but a truth hidden behind the larger story that the Lord uses to challenge me in new ways. Recently, I encountered this situation while reading the story of the paralytic brought to Jesus by his four friends and lowered through the roof (Mark 2:1-12).

The part of the story that caught my imagination was verse 4, “they removed the roof above him.” In the midst of reading, my thoughts drifted to the family who hosted this gathering in Capernaum (most likely Peter and his wife). What was on their minds as their home filled with people? Did Peter’s wife glance upward with incredulity as her roof was removed? Was she frustrated or fascinated? Did the four friends take the time to restore the opening they created? Or, in the midst of all the excitement, did they leave a gaping hole in the middle of the roof?

None of these questions is answered in the text. And by no means is hospitality the main point of the passage. Yet their faithfulness to…

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