Father Paul Hubert, LC
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."
Prayer:Sunny days, cloudy days and rainy days all
come from you, Lord. You surprise us each day as
you make each day different to bring us closer
to your coming, in which we hope. Lord, your love
explains everything and guides all things. I wish to
respond to your infinite mercy and love by loving
you more each day.
Petition:Lord you know how difficult it
is for me to forgive. Help me to do so
1. The Ill Need a Doctor, Not the Healthy: What
a great reply: “I have not come to call
the righteous to repentance but sinners.” It is a
statement open to all humanity in need of redemption. It
is an affirmation that shows us that God is
not exclusive. Christ has come for all sinners, and
he extends to everyone his call to repent and be
transformed by his grace. It shows us that Christ
wants to reach everybody and forgive everybody. He is
not like us, who discriminate and hold grudges. When someone
sins more, God makes particular efforts to reach that
person and offer his pardon and his elevating grace.
What an example for us to follow when we have
difficult moments in our dealings with others! Christ teaches
us patience. Christ teaches us that we must love
and build bridges whenever the opportunity arises.
2. Those Who
Oppose Christ Don’t Know Him:Christ sets the example and sends
us to evangelize people who do not know him,
or who offend him knowingly, half-knowingly, or even unknowingly.
Interestingly enough, it is those who oppose Christ whom he
calls the “righteous,” because they are inflexible, and their
criteria cannot be bent. Christ calls us, on the
other hand, to forgive, as often as is necessary
(Luke 17:4). We need to learn how to forgive in
a world that tells us to be tough and
not to let anything get past us.
3. From Love to
Love: This Gospel reminds us of the story of
the adulterous woman who was brought before Jesus. The Law
of Moses was clear, yet Jesus knew that something
had to be changed in order for man to be
able to reach heaven. He knew that only forgiveness
and love for everyone would unite all men in
paradise. He knew all men had sinned, and therefore they
could not accuse someone else without indirectly accusing themselves.
That is why Christ answered to those who accused
the adulterous woman, “Let the one who is sinless
cast the first stone” (John 8:7). We are all sinners.
We all need to be forgiven and to forgive
one another. We all need to allow love to invade
our hearts so that it may be the bond
that reunites us.
Conversation with Christ:Thank you,
Lord, for giving me the solution to my life. Help
me to forgive wholeheartedly those who have done me
wrong. Help me to love them, pray for them and
do good to them even though they hinder and
harm me. Help me to strive tirelessly to bring
to the world your solution to division, discrimination, hatred and
Resolution:I will think of the people I
dislike or am indifferent to, and I will consider at
least one of their good qualities. If the opportunity
arises, I will speak well of them, and if
I can, I will do a good deed for them.