Divine Liturgy for Sunday of the Paralytic
Christ is Risen!
Truly He is Risen!
I am grievously paralyzed in a multitude of sins and wrongful deeds. As You raised up the paralytic of old, also raise up my soul by Your divine guidance, that I may cry out, “Glory to Your Power O Compassionate Christ.”
+Kontakion in the Third Tone
Jesus Heals the Paralytic by the Pool
Great is the profit of divine Scriptures, and all sufficient is the aid which comes from them… for the divine oracles are a treasury of all manner of medicines. Whether it be needful to quench pride, to lull passion to sleep, to tread under foot the love of money, to despise pain, to inspire confidence, to tread under foot the love of money, to despise pain, to inspire confidence, to gain patience– in the Scriptures we may find abundant resource. For what man of those who struggle with long poverty or who are nailed by a grievous disease will not, when he reads the passage before us, receive much comfort? Since this man had been a paralytic for thirty eight years, and he saw others delivered each year, and himself bound by his disease, not even so did he fall back and despair, though in truth not merely despondency for the past, but also hopelessness for the future was sufficient to overstrain him… Yes, Lord, he says, but I have no man… to put me in the pool. What can be more pitiable than these words?… Do you see a heart crushed through long sickness? Do you see all violence subdued?.. He did not curse his day… but replied gently… Yes, Lord; yet he did not know who it was who asked him.
St. John Chrysostom. Homily XXXVII
I am the Light of the World; He who follows Me shall not Walk in Darkness
Sometimes in his heart a man draws near to God, sometimes he goes far from God, and therefore he experiences either peace and joy, or fear, disturbance, and oppression. The one is life and light, the other spiritual darkness and death. We draw near to God mostly in time of afflication, from which no one can save us but God, to Whom we then turn with our whole heart, and thus approach Him sincerely; whilst we go far from God in times of ease and abundance of earthly blessing, which make the old carnal man proud of himself, and—especially when he thirsts for riches, glory and distinction, and has attained all these he loses faith from his heart and forgets God, his Judge and Recompenser, forgets the immortality of his soul, and his duty to love God with all his heart and his neighbor as himself. St. John of Kronstadt. My Life in Christ. B#61, p. 21