14 January 2011


Saturday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Mk 2:13-17

One of the saddest human experience is the pain of being labeled. During the earthly life of Jesus, this is the lot of tax collectors. They were not only labeled but were actually looked down upon as social outcasts. All were extra careful not to mingle with them. But not Jesus.

Jesus freely mingled with tax collectors and other public sinners. He even chose one of them to be His close collaborator, to be more than a disciple but an apostle. He was Matthew.

The reason that Jesus gave for His frowned upon friendship with sinners and social outcasts can be easily understood even now: “The healthy do not need a doctor, sick people do. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Where should a doctor be found after all? In the midst of sick, right? Where must the Savior be seen? Where the lost is!

Now, as a disciples of Jesus, called to be more like Him, where are we found? So, where can we be seen?


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