- One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake
of Gennesaret, with the people crowding around him and listening to the word
- he saw at the water's edge two boats, left
there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.
- He got into one of the boats, the one belonging
to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and
taught the people from the boat.
- When he had finished speaking, he said to
Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."
- Simon answered, "Master, we've worked
hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will
let down the nets."
- When they had done so, they caught such
a large number of fish that their nets began to break.
- So they signaled their partners in the other
boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that
they began to sink.
- When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus'
knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"
- For he and all his companions were astonished
at the catch of fish they had taken,
- and so were James and John, the sons of
Zebedee, Simon's partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid;
from now on you will catch men."
- So they pulled their boats up on shore,
left everything and followed him.
- While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man
came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his
face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can
make me clean."
- Jesus reached out his hand and touched the
man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" And immediately
the leprosy left him.
- Then Jesus ordered him, "Don't tell
anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that
Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."
- Yet the news about him spread all the more,
so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
- But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places
- One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and
teachers of the law, who had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea
and Jerusalem, were sitting there. And the power of the Lord was present for
him to heal the sick.
- Some men came carrying a paralytic on a
mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.
- When they could not find a way to do this
because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat
through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus.
- When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "Friend,
your sins are forgiven."
- The Pharisees and the teachers of the law
began thinking to themselves, "Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy?
Who can forgive sins but God alone?"
- Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked,
"Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
- Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are
forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?
- But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins. . . ." He said to the paralyzed
man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home."
- Immediately he stood up in front of them,
took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.
- Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God.
They were filled with awe and said, "We have seen remarkable things today."
- After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax
collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me,"
Jesus said to him,
- and Levi got up, left everything and followed
- Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus
at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with
- But the Pharisees and the teachers of the
law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you
eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
- Jesus answered them, "It is not the
healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
- I have not come to call the righteous, but
sinners to repentance."
- They said to him, "John's disciples
often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go
on eating and drinking."
- Jesus answered, "Can you make the guests
of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?
- But the time will come when the bridegroom
will be taken from them; in those days they will fast."
- He told them this parable: "No one
tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he
will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match
- And no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the
wineskins will be ruined.
- No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.
- And no one after drinking old wine wants
the new, for he says, 'The old is better.'"