Salvador asked the congregated people, “Look at the option of the First Century republicans and conservatives and the Twenty-first Century Pharisees, ‘Pick up your mat, and go home.’ This command empowers the paralytic to pick up his mat and go home. When he gets there, his paralysis returns, and he sits, not knowing what to do next.”
Salvador complained, “You managers complain about this lack of initiative, but you create it. You First Century republicans, conservatives, and the Twenty-first Century Pharisees choose the second option at every time and in every place. It is the option of domination, power, and control.”
Salvador pointed out the disadvantages of the plan, “It also keeps you very busy. It is hard work, trying to think for some 300 million Americans or even the thousands in a large business. It is hard to think for the groups of five and ten charges in a small business. You must constantly keep watch over your charges, making sure that they do everything you want and in the way that you want them to do it.”
Salvador also pointed out, “They do not have control over their lives. As a result, they are always trying to find a way to do less than you expect. You managers must repeat the same commands and expend more syllables.”
Of the worker’s work, Salvador commented, “When they finish projects, they do not know what to do next, so they sit there, paralyzed. You managers must go, find them, and assign new projects. This expends more syllables and more effort. If you do not expend this effort, they sit there, in paralysis. This is saving syllables?”
Some men brought a catatonic man on a stretcher; they tried to bring him in and set him in Salvador’s presence but were not able to find a way through the door because of the crowd. They looked around with the look of desperation on their faces.
One man argued, “Look, the roof is easy to remove. Let’s take him that way.”
The others agree. They got up on the roof and lowered him through the boards and into the middle of the room, in front of Salvador. This was Cato Tonikus, the man catatonic since childhood.
When Salvador saw the faith of the men who worked so hard to lower this man, he told the catatonic. “As for you, I forgive you your deviations.”
The men in the Tea Party people began to ask themselves, “Who is this who speaks such slander? Who but the Almighty Savior alone can forgive errors?”
Salvador knew their thoughts and asked, “What are you thinking? Do you not remember the story of the blind man in the Gospel of St. John? In John 9:3 the Gospel says, ‘Rabbi, who deviated, this man or his parents, so that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents deviated; it is so that God might make visible the works of might.’ Not all suffering shows deviance. Thinking that way is the work of the wicked, the Pharisees of the first century and today. Now, which is easier to say, ‘Your errors are forgiven,’ or My child, Get up and walk’?
To show you that Ciksa Wicasa, Ben Adam, has authority on earth to forgive errors he told the catatonic, “I tell you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
The man immediately stood, picked up what he laid on, spoke well of the Mighty Savior and went home.
Salvador looked up at the boys on the roof and quipped, “Bowl of jelly? It does not matter whether we use this set of magic words or incantations, or that set of words. The power is not in the words. The movement of air through our lips, our tongue, and our throats has no special magic powers. Our lips, our tongue, and our throats have no special magic powers. The power is in whether or not we touch the human heart. The power is in whether we bring Cato closer to Pop. The power is in showing, always, that you care.”
Salvador pointed out, “For my healing to work your friend, Cato, must believe that I, and all the sons of men, everyone has authority to forgive him of his errors. Cato must believe reality for his life changed. What failed in the past, will now work.”
Salvador added, “This is not something for me to do. As a community, you must empower him, or he will remain catatonic. To walk he must believe you will follow my teaching. He must believe you will help him catch up for his prior catatonic life, and stop the abuse that was the center of it. His walking shows this faith.”
Salvador strode out of the meeting with his group of friends and traveling companions, commenting, “Mitakuye oyasin! mee-DAK-oo-yay. o-yah-seen, all are my relatives.”
We continued with our travels.