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Luke 5:17-26 (NRSV)


17 One day, while he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting nearby (they had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem); and the power of the Lord was with him to heal.

18 Just then some men came, carrying a paralyzed man on a bed. They were trying to bring him in and lay him before Jesus;

19 but 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.

20 When he saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven you.’

21 Then the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, ‘Who is this who is speaking blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’

22 When Jesus perceived their questionings, he answered them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts?

23 Which is easier, to say, “Your sins are forgiven you”, or to say, “Stand up and walk”?

24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ -- he said to the one who was paralyzed -- ‘I say to you, stand up and take your bed and go to your home.’

25 Immediately he stood up before them, took what he had been lying on, and went to his home, glorifying God.

26 Amazement seized all of them, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, ‘We have seen strange things today.’


Matthew 13:31-35
(NRSV)


31 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;

32 it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’

33 He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.’

34 Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing.

35 This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet: ‘I will open my mouth to speak in parables; I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.’

 

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