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Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Mk 2:13-17): As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus. Jesus went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick 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).