Thursday, 1 March 2012

“The Man”

Mark 2:12 

And immediately the man stood up, took his stretcher, and went out in front of them all. They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”


“The Man”—why didn’t he have a name?
He stood up, yes, that much we are told
He took his stretcher, we read that
He walked away, wait a minute, well…
But who was “the man”?

He could have had a name—right?—
Say, Zebedee, Nebuchadnezzar or Zechariah
Why didn’t he have a name?
Was it that his name slipped out of memory?

Did Mark perhaps want us to grapple with this?
To wonder, for instance, that “the man”
Could be us on our various stretchers in life
Immobility in sickness, paralysis in faith?

Could “the man” be the shadows lurking within us
Afraid of the journey, numbed in oblivion?
What was “the man’s” name, I ask.


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