Jesus saw 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 the 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.”
New Life In Christ
When Jesus says, “Follow me” it has the sense of apprenticeship, of studying the patterns and manner of Jesus applying them to yourself. In the gospel passage here today, Levi is a different name for St. Matthew the Apostle and gospel writer, who did follow Jesus well!
In the gospel passage, Matthew “got up” leaving everything behind, and the word used for “got up” is the same basic word used later in the case of Jesus himself for “resurrection.” So this is a radical task set forth! It truly means to begin in essence a band new life!
Bishop Barron doesn’t mention the major idea which follows, about the audience for Jesus’ mission, because I guess the call to follow Jesus is enough to contemplate for one day. But if you have time reflection on Jesus’ target audience is a great thing, too. Whom did he come to call?