Christ healing paralyzed.
This is one of those classic pieces of scripture that at first sight seems to be just a good story with a message about Jesus but which has nothing to say to us. Not true.
Jesus heals the paralytic in order to prove that he has the ability and right to forgive sins. Think of our own lives and attitudes. How many times and small miracles is the Lord going to have to work in our lives before we begin to take him seriously? Jesus is constantly asking us questions...are we going to forgive, carry out an act of kindness or call a friend in need? And we hesitate with all sorts of excuses.
What does Jesus have to do to get us to believe? Heal a paralytic in front of our eyes?!