The man in today’s Gospel (18th Sunday After Pentecost – Matt 9:1-8), he has friends by whom he is brought to Jesus. By this we are to understand the importance of surrounding ourselves with friends who will bring us to Christ, friends who have faith and who will put themselves out for our own well being. In the normal course of things, saints do not become saints in isolation. They are not saints by themselves. In fact, as we saw, it was by the faith of the friends that this man was made well in body and soul. Those good friends are to be our foundation, our support – we can go out to the world, the sinful world, and convert it because of these good friends. Not only do we see the point of having these good friends, but of being good friends to others.