“Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.”

Another short reading (Lk 5:27-32) gives us another confrontation, this time between the scribes and Pharisees and Jesus’ disciples.  The former disapprove of Jesus attending a banquet at a (former) tax collector’s house (Levi’s, whom Jesus just called) to which is invited many of his (current) tax collector friends.  Jesus responds directly with the words at top and follows that by saying He has called sinners, not the righteous, to repentance.  Who are the “sick” in this scene?  Everyone but Jesus.  And in our scene?  The answer is the same.  The religious leaders could not see their own faults and sins but were quick to point out real or perceived iniquity in others.  At least the tax collectors realized the need for healing.  The scribes and Pharisees were the worse off for not realizing this in their own lives.  (We immediately recall the parable of the Pharisee and tax collector praying in the temple — Lk 18:9-14.)  Neglecting our spiritual health will likely have deadly consequences.  But even self-diagnosis, with no recourse to the help of competent authority, is a prescription for failure — he who gives himself a diagnosis has a fool for a doctor.  For a proper regimen, with a prospect for a full healing in the spiritual life, we must turn to the Lord.  The Divine Physician always sees us immediately, takes as much time as we need, gives us exactly the right medicine, and is there for us at all times for all of our days.  And His service (grace) is free, but not cheap.  Have recourse often to prayer, Scripture, and the sacraments for a healing that lasts forever.

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