I love the pace of the gospel of Mark. Everything happens almost "immediately". Bored? Read 10 more verses and we'll be on to something new.
Paralytic: Jesus saw their faith. It was the faith of the friends, too, that influenced Jesus. This man did not walk just because Jesus forgave his sins.
Matthew: There were no steps between following Jesus and introducing Him to his friends. No classes. No baptisms. Jesus made it clear that his motivation was to help the sick, not the well. I know I have a disease he must cure!
Fasting: Maybe I need to take more seriously this discipline of fasting since the bridegroom is gone now.
Sabbath: Two principles -- The Sabbath is made for man, not the other way around. And, Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath.