In today's Gospel reading from Mark 2 at morning Mass, Jesus forgave the sins of a paralytic for the faith he saw in him, and healed him too. In yesterday's reading from Mark 1, a leper begged Jesus to make him clean and Jesus, moved with pity, healed him. Here's our Lord who always listens to our requests and is always gentle and ever ready to forgive when we believe in him. There is really no need to fear the Lord but ourselves. For if we do not believe in him, we cut ourselves off from him.