Advent doodle: the man through the roof

The gospel reading for today’s Eucharist is Luke 5.17-26, the story of the man whose friends lowered him through a hole in the roof to get him to Jesus for healing.

A quick search of google images failed to yield many pictures from the main character’s viewpoint, so I thought I’d have a go at that. Now I know why there aren’t many – it’s a really tricky perspective, and one that I’ve not entirely succeeded at achieving!

What it did help me realise is (1) the level of trust that the man must have had in his friends, and (2) the level of trust they must have had in Jesus, to send their friend somewhere that they couldn’t immediately follow. I guess this is why I often doodle – when we draw things, we learn to see them differently, we ask different questions of the text, of the theology.