When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus' knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!"1
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;2 from now on you will catch men."
So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.3
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy.4 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,5 but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded6 for your cleansing, as a testimony to them."
Yet the news about him spread all the more,7 so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.8
One day as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law,9 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.10
Some men came carrying a paralytic on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus.