19 Dec 2016
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, â€œPut out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.â€ 5Simon answered, â€œMaster, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.â€ 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusâ€™ knees, saying, â€œGo away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!â€ 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, â€œDo not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.â€ 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
12Once, when he was in one of the cities, there was a man covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground and begged him, â€œLord, if you choose, you can make me clean.â€ 13Then Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, â€œI do choose. Be made clean.â€ Immediately the leprosy left him. 14And he ordered him to tell no one. â€œGo,â€ he said, â€œand show yourself to the priest, and, as Moses commanded, make an offering for your cleansing, for a testimony to them.â€ 15But now more than ever the word about Jesus spread abroad; many crowds would gather to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. 16But he would withdraw to deserted places and pray.
17One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting near by (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal. 18Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; 19but finding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. 20When he saw their faith, he said, â€œFriend, your sins are forgiven you.â€ 21Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, â€œWho is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?â€ 22When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, â€œWhy do you raise such questions in your hearts? 23Which is easier, to say, â€˜Your sins are forgiven you,â€™ or to say, â€˜Stand up and walkâ€™? 24But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sinsâ€ â€”he said to the one who was paralyzedâ€”â€I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home.â€ 25Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.
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.