Gospel According to Mark. Day 9.

 Jesus Calls Levi

13 He went out again beside the sea; and all the crowd gathered about him, and he taught them. 14 And as he passed on, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

15 And as he sat at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were sitting with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. 16 And the scribes of[b] the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat[c] with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Meditation

  1. Levi was not perfect. Some would even say, he was a big sinner. But God still called him. And did you know that Levi was another name of Matthew, who wrote one of the four Gospels? Maybe, you don`t feel perfect. But you good enough for God to work with.
  2. Notice that Jesus compares himself with a doctor, a physician. He loves sinners, but he doesn't want us to stay sinners! Yesterday`s theme of healing our souls continues. If we think we don`t need healing and forgiveness, we might be blind or arrogant.

Look at the painting of this scene by Caravaggio, done in 1599-1600. What is the author telling us with the light? Where is it coming from? Look at Matthew`s hands. What do his gestures mean? In past, art was not just done to look pretty, it was there to communicate a certain message.  If you have extra 5 min, you can learn more about it here.

Caravaggio the Calling of Saint Matthew

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