1So, boarding the boat, he proceeded across and went into his own city.2And, look! they were bringing him a paralyzed man lying on a bed. On seeing their faith Jesus said to the paralytic: “Take courage, child; your sins are forgiven.”3And, look! certain of the scribes said to themselves: “This fellow is blaspheming.”4And Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said: “Why are YOU thinking wicked things in YOUR hearts?5For instance, which is easier, to say, Your sins are forgiven, or to say, Get up and walk?6However, in order for YOU to know 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 to your home.”7And he got up and went off to his home.8At the sight of this the crowds were struck with fear, and they glorified God, who gave such authority to men.
9Next, while passing along from there, Jesus caught sight of a man named Matthew seated at the tax office, and he said to him: “Be my follower.” Thereupon he did rise up and follow him.10Later, while he was reclining at the table in the house, look! many tax collectors and sinners came and began reclining with Jesus and his disciples.11But on seeing this the Pharisees began to say to his disciples: “Why is it that YOUR teacher eats with tax collectors and sinners?”12Hearing [them], he said: “Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do.13Go, then, and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners.”
14Then John’s disciples came to him and asked: “Why is it that we and the Pharisees practice fasting but your disciples do not fast?”15At this Jesus said to them: “The friends of the bridegroom have no reason to mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, do they? But days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.16Nobody sews a patch of unshrunk cloth upon an old outer garment; for its full strength would pull from the outer garment and the tear would become worse.17Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins; but if they do, then the wineskins burst and the wine spills out and the wineskins are ruined. But people put new wine into new wineskins, and both things are preserved.”
18While he was telling them these things, look! a certain ruler who had approached began to do obeisance to him, saying: “By now my daughter must be dead; but come and lay your hand upon her and she will come to life.”
19Then Jesus, getting up, began to follow him; also his disciples did.20And, look! a woman suffering twelve years from a flow of blood came up behind and touched the fringe of his outer garment;21for she kept saying to herself: “If I only touch his outer garment I shall get well.”22Jesus turned around and, noticing her, said: “Take courage, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And from that hour the woman became well.
23When, now, he came into the ruler’s house and caught sight of the flute players and the crowd in noisy confusion,24Jesus began to say: “Leave the place, for the little girl did not die, but she is sleeping.” At this they began to laugh at him scornfully.25As soon as the crowd had been sent outside, he went in and took hold of her hand, and the little girl got up.26Of course, the talk about this spread out into all that region.
27As Jesus was passing along from there, two blind men followed him, crying out and saying: “Have mercy on us, Son of David.”28After he had gone into the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus asked them: “Do YOU have faith that I can do this?” They answered him: “Yes, Lord.”29Then he touched their eyes, saying: “According to YOUR faith let it happen to YOU.”30And their eyes received sight. Moreover, Jesus sternly charged them, saying: “See that nobody gets to know it.”31But they, after getting outside, made it public about him in all that region.
32Now when they were leaving, look! people brought him a dumb man possessed of a demon;33and after the demon had been expelled the dumb man spoke. Well, the crowds felt amazement and said: “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”34But the Pharisees began to say: “It is by the ruler of the demons that he expels the demons.”
35And Jesus set out on a tour of all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the kingdom and curing every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity.36On seeing the crowds he felt pity for them, because they were skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.37Then he said to his disciples: “Yes, the harvest is great, but the workers are few.38Therefore, beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”