Today’s reading is one which is frequently told to children: a man suffering from paralysis is told his sins are forgiven and then walks away to the delight and amazement of some and shock and chagrin of others in the crowd.
Part of me, reading NTW’s commentary on this about the source of the paralysis being a psychological episode, thought “naaah”. So I did some research and found, indeed, it is actually a thing: conversion motor paralysis disorder. That someone can have a trauma so deep that they dissociate from life and are ‘frozen’; their physcal frozenness reflects a mental one.
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