Arising to Newness of Life: Three Narratives and Our Story (Sun. May 15)

The word of the day is “arise.”  The Lord has the power to lift the fallen and to command those who are lying prone in sickness, sin, and death to arise.  Today on this Sunday of the Paralytic, we learn about three incidents when those who are bound to their beds heard the command to “Rise up.”  Two of those who heard the order to arise were paralytics, one in our Gospel and one in our Epistle reading.  The last and most spectacular example was the beloved believer Dorcas who had died.  In our reading of Acts 9:32-42,  Peter said, “Tabitha, arise,” and she opened her eyes, looked at Peter, and sat up (OSB vs. 40). Today as we hear…