Gospel, Matthew 9:1-8
He got back in the boat, crossed the water and came to his home town.
And suddenly some people brought him a paralytic stretched out on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, ‘Take comfort, my child, your sins are forgiven.’
And now some scribes said to themselves, ‘This man is being blasphemous.’
Knowing what was in their minds Jesus said, ‘Why do you have such wicked thoughts in your hearts?
Now, which of these is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”?
But to prove to you that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins,’ — then he said to the paralytic-‘get up, pick up your bed and go off home.’
And the man got up and went home.
A feeling of awe came over the crowd when they saw this, and they praised God for having given such authority to human beings.