Jesus Heals a Paralytic

12th-13th century
Mosaic
Cathedral of the Assumption, Monreale, Sicily

Pictured is the cure in Capernaum (Mark 2:3-12, Luke 5:18-25). Because of the press at the door, friends of the paralytic let him into the house through a break in the roof, still on his bed. In this image, Jesus tells him his sins are forgiven but the scribes and Pharisees on the right are troubled because only God can forgive sin. Thereupon, Jesus will tell the man, "Arise and walk," and he will.

The inscription above the images reads, MISERUNT PER TECTUM HOMINEM PARALIT[ICUM] IN LECTO ANTE PEDES IESU ET SANAVIT EUM, "They put the paralytic through the roof on a bed at the feet of Jesus, and he cured him."

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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.