August 4, 2013: Matthew 9:1-8, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · July 29, 2013
At that time, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”
And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Rise and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.”
And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they marveled, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
1. Who brings a paralyzed man to Jesus?
2. What does Jesus say to the paralytic?
3. When does Jesus tell the man his sins are forgiven?
4. After reading this Gospel, why do you think we pray for other people?
5. Who can you pray for this week?