January 18, 2003
1st Week in Ordinary Time
Reading: Heb 4:12-16
Gospel: Mk 2:13-17
Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to him and he taught
them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office.
This was Levi, the son of Alpheus. Jesus said to him, "Follow me."
And Levi got up and followed him.
it so happened that while Jesus was eating in Levi's house, tax collectors
and sinners were sitting with him and his disciples for there were indeed
many of them. But there were also teachers of the Law of the Pharisees'
party, among those who followed Jesus, and when they saw him eating
with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, "Why!
He eats with tax collectors and sinners!"
heard them and answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but
sick people do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."
once remarked that Jesus died because of the way he ate. There is more
than a grain of truth in this. His meals were anticipations of the feast
of God's mercy that the Kingdom of God is. His meals rewrote boundaries:
Jesus treated those who were despised outsiders, the sinners, as honored
insiders and guests. He succeeded in threatening those whose sense of
identity depended on the clear boundaries of exclusion. Jesus' eating
habits continue to be a prophetic protest against any system of human
relationship that thrives on exclusion.
from Bible Diary
2003 and Daily Gospel 2003
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