“I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

Today’s gospel (Mk 2:13-17) tells of the call of Levi (Matthew) to be one of the Twelve.  Jesus then dines at Levi’s house with sinners and tax collectors as the Pharisees comment disapprovingly.  We often hear of people who say that they do not go to church because of all the hypocrites there.  But who in that church lives his life in perfect conformity to God’s will?  To one extent or another we are all hypocrites.  But we are comforted by Jesus’ words: “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.”  We come to the Lord ill with sin hopefully recognizing that the divine healer can cure us if we allow it.  And for those who are obstinate, who knows what scripture reading, homily, other part of Mass, or friendly gesture will lead to a change of heart.  Such is the power of God’s Word, the Mass, and the grace within us.  We, along with Mother Teresa, must say: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

 

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