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Gospel Reflection

Jesus, you are the bread of life;
those who come to you will never be hungry;
those who believe in you will never thirst.
You are the living bread from heaven;
the bread you give is your own flesh,
and you give it for the life of the world.
Look to Jesus in the wilderness,
breaking bread and feeding the multitude.

Gospel Reading - Jesus Heals a Paralytic

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1So Jesus climbed into a boat and went across the lake to Capernaum, his hometown.a

2Soon some men brought him a paralyzed man on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick man, “Cheer up, son! For I have forgiven your sins!”

3“Blasphemy! This man is saying he is God!” exclaimed some of the religious leaders to themselves.

4Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? 5-6I, the Messiah,b have the authority on earth to forgive sins. But talk is cheap — anybody could say that. So I’ll prove it to you by healing this man.” Then, turning to the paralyzed man, he commanded, “Pick up your stretcher and go on home, for you are healed.

7And the man jumped up and left!

8A chill of fear swept through the crowd as they saw this happen right before their eyes. How they praised God for giving such authority to a man!

. . . . .Matthew 9:1-8
  1. Literally, “his own city.”
  2. Literally, “the Son of Man.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.