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."
Introductory 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 always.
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
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
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 war.
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.