Jesus said: “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.”
After Jesus calls Levi, a tax collector, to follow him, Levi gives a great banquet. Many other tax collectors are invited, and Jesus accepts the invitation and eats and drinks with them. The scribes and Pharisees are scandalized. They challenge the disciples to explain how he could sit at table with sinners. Jesus himself responds that those who are
healthy do not need a physician. It delights me that Levi was so excited to be called to be a disciple that he threw a party for Jesus, and that Jesus wasted no time accepting. I am encouraged by the absolute concreteness of Jesus’ joining
Levi and the others at table. Jesus doesn’t heal us from afar. He sits right down with the aspects of us that need healing, the parts that are sick with sadness or lamed with loss; the places in us that need to turn back around to forgiveness and love.
Practice – Take time today to reflect on where you need healing this Lent.
Prayer- Jesus, help me know that you have come to heal me. Renew in me the kind of joy that made Levi give the great banquet.
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