v1-12 - Jesus' brand new ministry has captured attention, and when He comes 'home' to Capernaum (this was His adopted home town. He actually grew up in Nazareth) a massive crowd gathers, and Jesus began using His preferred method of capturing their hearts and minds: "He preached the word to them (v2)."
A group of men came carrying a paralytic friend, and because of the crowd, they famously lower their friend from the roof so he could be healed.
Upon seeing this man lowered down, Jesus "saw their faith (v5)" and then said something quite puzzling:
"Son, your sins are forgiven (v5)."
This isn't exactly what this group had in mind; they simply wanted their friend to be able to walk.
It also captured the attention of the establishment, whose blasphemy alarms were going off bigtime in their heads.
Jesus, anticipating the establishment's response, looks straight at them,
and told them "the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (v10)."
To add an exclamation point to that last sentence, Jesus told the paralytic to get up and walk home.
v13-17 - As Jesus walked and taught, He saw one of the least like Jews in the community - a tax collector. His name was Levi, but you know him better as Matthew.
Jesus simply said "follow me," and without hesitation Matth