Forgiveness and healing brought together in today’s gospel proclaim God’s desire and intention to restore wholeness to every dimension of our lives. Unlike the gift of forgiveness, healing is something that can be verified through lab tests and a doctor’s visit. With forgiveness, there is always a possibility that old mistakes are still under the surface. Sins from the past can poison our spiritual lives. They can paralyze us. But words of forgiveness offer freedom and new life.