Posted by: livingscripture | January 18, 2014

First Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’  Jesus heard this and said to them, ‘Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners’.”

                                                                                          (Mark 2: 16-17)       


How should we live this Word?Matthew

Jesus has been in Galilee for about a week after His baptism.  Within these few days, He has already perforated the routine of this people, and with efficacious words and simple gestures, He has restored a new vision of life and relationship with God.  It is not all roses.  A group of the learned are scrutinizing His actions and evaluating Him.  The need for the leper to be purified was quickly heeded; the paralysis of the man brought by his friends was cured by remitting his sins.  Now why is He breaking the law, making Himself impure by eating with publicans and sinners?  Those who measure Jesus’ actions with the parameters of respect for the law will find Him contradictory and subversive.  Those who interpret them with the measure given by God Himself to the patriarchs and prophets, ‘Mercy I want and not sacrifice’, will see the promised Messiah in Him.

It is not merely how to interpret, but also how to place ourselves before Jesus.  Is it better to be spectators or protagonists in these encounters?  It is better to be a neutral observer of events or to recognize ourselves among the unhealthy, the sick, and the sinners for whom He came?

Thinking in terms of evangelization today, we who deem ourselves believers, are we available only to those who are already good or do we feel called to turn our attention and missionary passion to those who do not yet know Jesus, His salvation, to those who for a thousand reasons, do not value Gospel proposals?

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will consider how I consider myself, am I a sinner or a just one.  Am I ready to be healed by Jesus and become His true disciple, proclaiming His Word?

Lord, make me aware of my need for salvation, ready to meet You, free from prejudices and vanity, able to receive Your limitless love.  

The voice of Pope Francis 

How can we proclaim Christ to a generation that changes?  We must be attentive to not administer to them a vaccine against the faith.

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