Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a, Psalm 21, & Mark 2:13-17
Today's narrative of the Gospel is all about sinners having the ability to leave behind their sinful deeds and follow Jesus. Our Lord's response to the scribes and Pharisees that He was dining with sinners and tax collectors was met with the response, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners." What was Jesus conveying to them and us? He meant that those who are already pleasing to God will go to heaven with Him; however, He does not want to leave behind the wrongdoers of the world. His specific calling to Levi, the tax collector, who left his customs post to follow Him, was His action to accomplish this. Levi, who will become Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, did just that, and as a result, his life changed forever.
We are all sinners—and Jesus calls each of us to dine with Him and come and make His "home" with us. Jesus knows that we need healing, and He knows and does not expect us to be perfect. He only wants to make us "whole" again.
Question of the Day: If you could invite one famous person from history to have lunch with, who would it be, and why?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have the power to heal us because you are the Divine Physician. Amen.