Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.
And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him;
and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’
Christians believe we are to care for one another, to walk with each other through good times and bad. And while there are some among us for whom this is a uniquely powerful gift and passion, it remains, nonetheless, our shared responsibility to make sure none of us is alone or isolated, but that each of us has a companion, a support, a champion, an advocate, particularly in times of great need, but also in times of joyful celebration. We are children of the same God and we are better together.
Your Cathedral Pastoral Care Network serves to foster this culture of companionship and care among us – not only to be available themselves, but also, more importantly, to continually increase our capacity to be available to each other, both here at Saint Mark’s and in our daily lives.
Their training comes from the Community of Hope International (COHI), grounding their thinking and practice in the Rule of Saint Benedict, which points all their work toward the ministry of ‘welcoming Christ in the stranger’ – providing soft landing, spiritual friendship, tender care, and fierce advocacy. Please keep them in your daily prayers.