At that time, Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses, diseases, and evil spirits, and he gave sight to many blind people.
Then Jesus answered John's followers, "Go tell John what you saw and heard here. The blind can see, the crippled can walk, and people with skin diseases are healed. The deaf can hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is preached to the poor.
Those who do not stumble in their faith because of me are blessed!"
When John's followers left, Jesus began talking to the people about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reedn blown by the wind?
What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, people who have fine clothes and much wealth live in kings' palaces.
But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, John is more than a prophet.
This was written about him: 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare the way for you.'
I tell you, John is greater than any other person ever born, but even the least important person in the kingdom of God is greater than John."
(When the people, including the tax collectors, heard this, they all agreed that God's teaching was good, because they had been baptized by John.
But the Pharisees and experts on the law refused to accept God's plan for themselves; they did not let John baptize them.)
Then Jesus said, "What shall I say about the people of this time? What are they like?
They are like children sitting in the marketplace, calling to one another and saying, 'We played music for you, but you did not dance; we sang a sad song, but you did not cry.'
John the Baptist came and did not eat bread or drink wine, and you say, 'He has a demon in him.'
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Look at him! He eats too much and drinks too much wine, and he is a friend of tax collectors and sinners!'
But wisdom is proved to be right by what it does."
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, so Jesus went into the Pharisee's house and sat at the table.
A sinful woman in the town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house. So she brought an alabaster jar of perfume
and stood behind Jesus at his feet, crying. She began to wash his feet with her tears, and she dried them with her hair, kissing them many times and rubbing them with the perfume.
When the Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to his house saw this, he thought to himself, "If Jesus were a prophet, he would know that the woman touching him is a sinner!"
Jesus said to the Pharisee, "Simon, I have something to say to you." Simon said, "Teacher, tell me."
Jesus said, "Two people owed money to the same banker. One owed five hundred coinsn and the other owed fifty.