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Liturgical day: Saturday 1st in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 2,13-17): 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. When 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. And 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!». Jesus 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».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we are filled with hope. Nothing is impossible to God. There we can see the would-be St. Matthew, the apostle and the evangelist. There he is, enriching himself by collecting the taxes from the people (and possibly more that the simply just). And Christ manages to get Matthew unhooked from that easy and cosy lifestyle by way of taking advantage of the humble people. It is difficult to let go from the spinning wheel of a bourgeoisie life.

- And now, you marvel about this!, he only had to say “follow me”. Is that not incredible! - If we are with Jesus everything is possible (even when He will not spare us of the sweat of our forehead).