1When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home.
6But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves,
8Jesus knew immediately what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?
12And the man jumped up, grabbed his mat, and walked out through the stunned onlookers. They were all amazed and praised God, exclaiming, “We’ve never seen anything like this before!”
13Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him.
15Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.)
17When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
18Once when John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting, some people came to Jesus and asked, “Why don’t your disciples fast like John’s disciples and the Pharisees do?”
19Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them.
21“Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.
22“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.”
23One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat.
25Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
27Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.