For 19 February 2012, 7th Sunday, based on Mark 2:1-12
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, â€œSon, your sins are forgiven.â€ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, â€œWhy does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?â€ At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, â€œWhy do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, â€˜Your sins are forgiven,â€™ or to say, â€˜Stand up and take your mat and walkâ€™? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinsâ€ â€”he said to the paralyticâ€” â€œI say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.â€ And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, â€œWe have never seen anything like this!â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.