Posted by: livingscripture | January 18, 2020

First Saturday of Ordinary Time



First Saturday of Ordinary Time

  18 January 2020

WORD of the DAY 

Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.   As he passed by,  he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.  While he was at table in his house,  many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.   Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus heard this and said to them [that], “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: 13-17)


How shall I live this Word?

Having embraced our human nature, Jesus acts in a fully human way. In today’s Gospel, we meet Him in the home of Levi, the rich tax collector.  He is at dinner with many invited guests who are not models of good works.  It is clear that their being familiar with the Rabbi Jesus arouses comments and surprise that is certainly not approval.  Jesus is not in agreement with their spiritual illness that willingly combines their power with material well-being.  Rather Jesus accepts the invitation to dine with them and thus can affirm that He has not come for those who consider themselves just, good, healthy, and in place, but rather for those who are sinners and admit it.

Lord, how beautiful is Your communicability that is always honest and charitable, to the point of becoming a friend with those who are spiritually sick.  You benevolently approach them in order to bring them light and salvation.

The voice of the Gospel of Luke (4: 18)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me

to bring glad tidings to the poor.”



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