5th of March

Publié le 4 Mars 2022

Gospel text

(Lk Lk 5:27-32): 


Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”


The Application


Today's readings present us with three important elements. Let our thoughts and actions be directed by the divine will, as expressed in the sacred scriptures. Therefore, let us remain faithful to its teachings.


Yet, if the interpretations of these sacred readings lead us away from divine love, or divine mercy, we must discern. Obedience is reserved or demanded to the Word of God, not to interpretations of the Word of God.  So let us imitate this approach of Jesus, and go to the people who have strayed from divine love.


The third element is more important for practice. Let us stand firm in our faith. Whatever happens, let us never abandon the faith. For this we must watch and pray, "Show me your way, Lord, that I may walk in your truth."


Action of the day: Invite Jesus at home.


“I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”


Fr. Joan Carles MONTSERRAT i Pulido

(Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain)


Today we see how Lent is moving forward and the strength of the conversion our Lord summons us to. The figure of the apostle and evangelist Matthew is very representative of those of us who think that, because of our background, or because of our personal sins or complicated life, we are unworthy of our Lord.

Well, no, we are not; to remove any doubt we might still have, Jesus Christ is offering us the possibility of following him, as He did with the first evangelist, Levi the tax collector, to whom He simply says: “Follow me” (Lk 5:27). Jesus does with him exactly the opposite of what a “judicious” mentality would do pretending to be “politically correct”. Levi —instead— came from a world where he was openly rejected by all his compatriots, as he was considered, just because of the fact he was a publican, and a helper of the Romans and, possibly, as much of a corrupt by the “commissions” he might receive, who indulged in choking the poor to collect their taxes; in short, he was considered a public sinner.

Those considering themselves as perfect, could not even think of Jesus not only not requesting them to follow him but not even asking them to his own table.

However, by choosing Levi, Our Lord Jesus Christ is telling us that it is rather this kind of people whom He prefers to call to expand his Kingdom; He has chosen the sick, the sinners, those who consider themselves unworthy: “Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong” (1Cor 1:27). For these are those who need help and, as such, they will also understand those also in need.

We are not to think God wants spotless and immaculate followers to serve him. That privilege belongs only to Our Mother. But for us, subjects of God's eternal salvation and Lent's protagonists, God wants just a contrite and humble heart. In words of Saint Augustine: “God has made you weak to give you his own power”. This is the type of person who, as the psalm says, God would not despise.


Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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