Posted by: frburke23 | January 17, 2015

Thought for Saturday, 1st Week of Ordinary Time

Mark 2:13-17

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.”

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There is a famous painting by Caravaggio of the calling of Matthew, which is described in this Gospel.  It is one of my favorite paintings because it depicts Matthew’s surprise to be called by Jesus.  Tax collectors were not held in high esteem as they often cheated people out of money for the Roman Empire.  But Jesus sees no one beyond His reach as a disciple and apostle.

The indignant scribes and Pharisees could not believe that Jesus was eating with such sinners, but Jesus reveals His mission in response. “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

We should allow these words to wash over us today as we think about the people around us. 

Do I only hang out with those people who are like me?

Am I reaching out to people who others view as unclean, dirty or a public sinner?

Have I responded to my call to discipleship from Jesus?

Have a blessed weekend!
Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

MARCOS 2:13-17
Jesús se fue a lo largo del mar.
Toda la multitud se acercó a él y él les enseñaba.
Al pasar, vio a Leví, hijo de Alfeo,
sentado en el despacho de impuestos.
Jesús le dijo, “Sígueme”.
Y él se levantó y siguió a Jesús.
Mientras él estaba en la mesa en su casa,
muchos publicanos y pecadores se sentaron con Jesús y sus discípulos;
porque había muchos que lo seguían.
Algunos escribas que eran fariseos vieron que Jesús estaba comiendo con los pecadores
y los publicanos y le dijeron a sus discípulos,
“¿Por qué come con los publicanos y pecadores?”
Jesús escucho esto y les dijo,
“Los que están sanos no necesitan un médico, sino los enfermos.
No he venido a llamar a justos sino a pecadores”.

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Hay una pintura famosa de Caravaggio de la vocación de Mateo, que se describe en este Evangelio. Es una de mis pinturas favoritas porque representa la sorpresa de Mateo a ser llamado por Jesús. Los publicanos no fueron vistos con gran aprecio ya que a menudo engañaban a la gente sin dinero para el Imperio Romano. Pero Jesús no ve a nadie más allá de Su alcance como discípulo y apóstol.

Los escribas y fariseos indignados no podían creer que Jesús estaba comiendo con tales pecadores, pero Jesús revela Su misión en respuesta. “Los que están sanos no necesitan un médico, sino los enfermos. No he venido a llamar a justos sino a pecadores”.

Debemos permitir que estas palabras pasen sobre nosotros hoy mientras pensamos en las personas que nos rodean.

¿Salgo sólo con aquellas personas que son como yo?
¿Estoy llegando a personas que otros ven como impuras, sucias o pecadores públicos?
¿He respondido a mí llamado al discipulado de Jesús?

¡Tengan un fin de semana bendecido!
Fr. Burke

 


Responses

  1. That is a beautiful painting. Intrigued, I looked it up on Wiki. I wonder which person is Matthew, the bearded man or the young man?

  2. Working at our parish food pantry you see all sorts of people. Most are kind and grateful for what they receive. However there are the scammers who feel they deserve more. Sometimes it’s hard to be nice to them but the Lord makes me smile at them all. Thank you Lord for healing my heart.


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