Saturday After Ash Wednesday, Year A: 4th March 2017.
At that time Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, “Follow me.” And he left everything and rose and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his house; and there was a great company of tax collectors and others sitting at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need for a physician, but those who are sick; I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Leaving everything he followed Jesus. Ever been in a sinful state soo deep you can’t wait for that glimspe of saving grace? Well that’s how Levi probably felt. Like a plant sprouting out of a concrete ground, he broke out of his sinful life to become Christ’s follower and a saint!! This call of Levi reminds us of the special concern Our Lord Jesus has for sinners. “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” The response of Levi to this call shows us what greater joy there is in being one of Christ’s compared to the fickle pleasures our sins could ever give. “He left everything, and rose and followed him and made a great feast.” And sometimes we may act like the Pharisees, “pointing fingers at others.(Isaiah 58:9c)” Like Christ who goes in search for the “sick” and sinners, we can “take away the burden off the back of people, pour ourselves to the hungry, comfort the afflicted, and be the light in someone’s dark days” as Prophet Isaiah beckons on us today.
May the Lord strengthen us as we respond to his call and reconcile with God and one another.