Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9, 9-13
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.”
We, the sick ones, need the doctor
1) He sees you. Sooner or later Jesus comes into your life. He sees you and invites you to walk with Him. It’s not only that you contemplate Him, but He also contemplates you. How nice it is to know that God sees you and also calls you. He invites you to play on His team. He doesn’t see your Facebook or WhatsApp profile, and he doesn’t draw conclusions from your status. He sees you and calls you because He loves you.
2) They sat with him. Jesus gets surrounded by those rejected by society and religion. Nowadays, there are also people who are rejected … by religion and society. We keep on doing the same thing, we continue fighting for positions within the parish instead of visiting the sick or the homeless, those judged and forgotten by society to show them God’s love. We keep on fighting to see if the priest follows one political ideology or the other, instead of accompanying the priest who left his original ministry and is having a hard time finding a place in his new ministry. Today, Jesus continues reaching those brothers that we, ourselves, have condemned in life.
3) The Doctor. Jesus is the doctor who comes to heal us. He shows us that every sinner has a future and that every saint has a past. Today, God wants to heal you, obviously you will have to take medicine and have treatment. The medicine is God Himself and the treatment will be some drops of prayer every hour, a sacrament a day, and charity towards others.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. And don’t forget Heaven is our goal.