Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Year A; 14th January 2017.
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
“How sick and tired I am of failing. A venial sin, then two… now another… and alas! A mortal sin… How sickening I feel falling in sin! Can’t I live a righteous life for a long period of time? Can’t I stop being a regular visitor at the confessional, week in week out? Can’t I say no to temptations and live without sinning? “ We probably might have had such thoughts. But today’s gospel is quite soothing.
‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.’ St. Luke said in his gospel that Christ came to give liberty to those who are held captives by sin (Luke 4:18). Those who think they are virtuous need not come to Him. And what a life that would be if one doesn’t need to go to the Healer of our souls- if that would be worthy of being called a life in the first instance.
We need to go to Him everyday — in our examination of conscience for his healing as well as in our regular confessions for the cleansing of our sickness called sin.
So let us like Levi the son of Alphaeus ‘rise and go to Him‘ so that we can receive that spiritual healing and be well once again. Let us “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. Let us go to the King of mercy holding fast our confession for He sympathizes with our weakeness.