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Liturgical day: Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Gospel text (Lk 5,27-32): After this Jesus went out, and as He noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax-office, He said to him, «Follow me». So Levi, leaving everything, got up and followed Jesus. After this Jesus went out, and as He noticed a tax collector named Levi sitting in the tax-office, He said to him, «Follow me». So Levi, leaving everything, got up and followed Jesus. Levi gave a great feast for Jesus, and many tax collectors came to his house and took their place at table with the other people. Then the Pharisees and their fellow teachers complained to Jesus' disciples, «How is it that you eat and drink with tax collectors and other sinners?». But Jesus spoke up, «Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. I have come to call to repentance; I call sinners, not the righteous».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we read about Levi’s story (St Mathew). Jesus called him and he immediately left his comfortable job in order to follow the Lord. He was so happy that he immediately organised a banquet so that his colleagues and friends could also be with Jesus. The Pharisees criticised the Master for eating with them. What a nuisance these Pharisees! Who are they to say that Levi’s friends were sinners?

-Jesus eats with everybody, especially with those who are more “sick in their souls”.