Ord. Wk 1st: Saturday,  Saturday, 13th January,2018  (Mk 2:13-17)

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Friends of Sinners: In today’s Gospel, Jesus went to the house of tax collectors who were public sinners.  He also mingled with prostitutes, adulteress and other sinners.  If we get upset with people because they have sinned against us or others, then remember Jesus’ Compassionate Love is non-judgmental and always forgiving.

Fr Philip Heng, S.J

Jesus went out to the shore of the lake; and all the people came to him, and he taught them. As he was walking along he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him.

When Jesus was at dinner in his house, a number of tax collectors and sinners were also sitting at table with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many of them among his followers. When the scribes of the Pharisee party saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’

When Jesus heard this he said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need the doctor, but the sick. I came to call not the upright, but sinners.’

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • •In today’s Gospel Jesus’ compassion led Him to see beyond the sinful life of Matthew.  He was able to see the potential goodness of Matthew, the tax-collector, and called him to be one of His Apostles.

  • •Are you like Matthew who was able to detach from material things and accepted Jesus’ invitation to eternal life and to share the Good News with others?

  • •Jesus spends time with whoever needed or wanted to hear His message.  We too must befriend and reach out to those who need Christ even if they do not seem to be ideal companions for us.