IN THOSE DAYS, when Jesus returned to Capernaum, it was reported that He was in a certain house. Immediately, so many people gathered around that there was no more room for them, not even in front of the door. As Jesus was speaking the word to them, four men brought to Him a paralyzed man. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Jesus, and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralyzed lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven you.” But some of the scribes sitting there, questioned in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies in this way? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” At once, Jesus perceived in His spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves. And He said to them, “Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and take your bed and walk’? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralyzed man – “I say to you, stand up, take your bed and go to your home.” And the man stood up, and immediately took his bed, and went out before all of them, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Saint Peter Chrysologus commenting on the significance of the paralyzed man picking up his bed,
"Take your bed..." Carry the very bed that once carried you. Change places, so that what was the proof of your sickness may now give testimony to your soundness. Your bed of pain becomes the sign of healing, its very weight the measure of the strength that has been restored to you.