Évangile de Jésus Christ selon
saint Marc 2,13-17.
En ce temps-là, Jésus sortit de nouveau le long de la mer ; toute la foule venait à lui, et il les enseignait.
En passant, il aperçut Lévi, fils d’Alphée, assis au bureau des impôts. Il lui dit : « Suis-moi. » L’homme se leva et le suivit.
Comme Jésus était à table dans la maison de Lévi, beaucoup de publicains (c’est-à-dire des collecteurs d’impôts) et beaucoup de pécheurs vinrent prendre place avec Jésus et ses disciples, car ils étaient nombreux à le suivre.
Les scribes du groupe des pharisiens, voyant qu’il mangeait avec les pécheurs et les publicains, disaient à ses disciples : « Comment ! Il mange avec les publicains et les pécheurs ! »
Jésus, qui avait entendu, leur déclara : « Ce ne sont pas les gens bien portants qui ont besoin du médecin, mais les malades. Je ne suis pas venu appeler des justes, mais des pécheurs. »
Nous tous sommes appelés à vivre notre vie pleinement. Vivre pleinement est essentiellement reconnaitre les dons reçus, apprendre à découvrir sa finalité, et l’accomplir. Dieu nous accompagnera pourtant de sa manière. Une fois qu’on réalise cette vérité, nous serons capables de choisir les moyens disponibles. Jésus savait sa mission, les moyens et c’est pourquoi Il était capable d’ignoré les commentaires négatifs et continuer à faire du bien.
Si nous nous ressentons petits, faibles, malades, il est là pour nous accompagner. Comme Lui, nous pouvons nous avant dans la certitude de sa présence. Laissons-nous conduire et apprenons-nous à !lui répondre positivement, comme ce disciple qui a répondu positivement à cet appel de Dieu, « Suis-moi. »
Scripture: Mark 2:13-17
13 He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them. 14 And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, "Follow me." And he rose and followed him. 15 And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
Many of us don’t know neither the call nor the means to respond to this call. Jesus is inviting each and every one of us to live our life in its fullness. How to live our life in its fullness. It’s simply by discovering all the gifts and talents that God has put us and to know for what these gifts and talents have been entrusted to us. Many of us are not aware of our gifts and waste our precious time in fulfilling the emptiness in us, by comparing our life with others and what they have achieved. Without realizing our strength and the finality of all that we have, we can’t advance in life.
Like this disciple who has responded positively to the call of the Lord, we should learn to respond positively to the mission which is entrusted to us. If we find incapable of doing something and if the Lord has called us, He will give the energy to fulfil this. He is assuring us that He will be our guide, our medicine, and will be all for us. Are we ready to respond positively to this call of Jesus, “Follow me.”?
Commentary of the day
Saint Augustine (354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
Discourse on the Psalms, Ps. 58, 1, 7
“People who are healthy do not need a doctor; sick people do” (Mk 2,17)
There are some strong men...who place their confidence in their own justice. They claim to be just by their own means, and since they considered themselves healthy people, they refused the remedy and killed the doctor himself. This is why, in fact, the Lord came to call not these strong men, but the weak...
Oh! You the strong, who do not need the doctor! Your strength does not come from health but from insanity...The Master of humility, who shared our weakness and who made us take part in his divinity, came down from heaven to show us the way and to be himself our way. Most of all, he wanted to leave us the example of his humility...to teach us to confess our sins, to humble ourselves and become strong, and to make ours the words of the apostle: “Therefore I am content with weakness...for when I am powerless, it is then that I am strong” (2Cor 12,10)...
As for those who pride themselves on being strong, who, in other words, claim being just by their own virtue, “stumbled over the stumbling stone” (Rom 9,32)...It is these strong men who attacked Christ, as they boasted themselves on their justice...They had placed themselves above the crowd of weak people who hurried to the doctor. Why? Simply because they thought they were strong...They killed the doctor of all men. But he, by dying, prepared through his blood a remedy for all the sick.