Gospel: Lk 5:27-32
After this, Jesus went out, and noticing a tax collector named Levi, sitting in the tax-office, he said to him, “Follow me!” So Levi, leaving everything, got up and followed Jesus. Levi gave a great feast for Jesus, and many tax collectors came to his house, and took their places at the table with the other people. Then the Pharisees and their followers complained to Jesus’ disciples, “How is it, that you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” But Jesus spoke up, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do, I have not come to call the just, but sinners, to a change of heart.”
HEALTHY PEOPLE DON’T NEED
A DOCTOR, BUT SICK PEOPLE DO
One thing that self-righteous people in Jesus’ time could not understand was why Jesus seemed to be so comfortable with sinners and public offenders. This is also actually true today. I remember a co-Sister of mine who no longer wanted to talk to, or to be seen in the company of, a former friend, actually also a former Sister because now she is “living in sin” because she is with a man who is not yet her husband. I was puzzled because if you talk to her or be with her, does that necessarily mean you are condoning her action? Maybe at this point in her life, she needs friends more than ever. As Jesus said, healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do. I love reminding myself always what Pope Francis said the task of the Church is: TO HEAL WOUNDS AND WARM THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE. This is really what it means to be Christ-like or to be a follower of Christ – to do what he did – be with those who are shunned, judged and condemned by selfrighteous people because they might need spiritual consolation or warm human companionship.
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