In Focus: The center of the chapter is our focus for the day. Jesus is teaching. For once, it appears that the Pharisees and the teachers of the law are listening to Him. Yet during this teaching time, some friends bring a paralyzed man to Jesus to be healed.
In Practice: Let us take a moment in practice, though, to think about compassion that takes the shape of a hole in a roof. Consider all those you know who have need, and then stretch it out further. Consider those who you have heard of, and those you see mentioned in passing in the wide, wide world.
In Nerdiness: First, of course, is a bit of architecture. Houses had flat roofs, so it was an easy access.
Third, consider that the access-blocking crowd probably had their sermon time interrupted. Are we okay with that?