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

Today Luke (5:27-32) tells us of Jesus’ calling of the tax collector Levi (Matthew) and the subsequent banquet at his house.  The Pharisees and scribes complain to Jesus and His followers about their associating with “tax collectors and sinners.” (v. 30)  Jesus begins His reply by saying: “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.” (v.31)  How true!  Consider our churches.  How often do we hear our fellow church-goers complain about the “hypocrites” that are sharing pews with us at church on Sundays.  Maybe they, or we, even know of some terrible things done be others attending with us.  But don’t those who have the larger burden of sins and vices need the Divine Doctor even more?  And are we so sure that we are not in that number (if St. Paul the Apostle consider himself “foremost of sinners” [1 Timothy (1:15)] then how should we look at ourselves?).  Who knows what scripture reading, prayer, communion, or friendly gesture, will stir up a(/our) heart to repentance?  For us, nothing short of imitation of Jesus’ love for sinners and the outcast will do.  Thus Jesus closes His reply with the words at top.

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