SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME JANUARY 19, 2019
Gospel Mk 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."
Jesus, the great physician, heals the sick and the sinner. “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
People sought out Jesus to receive healing and yet Jesus still sought the sick. Of course, these Pharisees had a concern about who Jesus spends his time, thinking “Birds of a feather flock together." However, the purpose of Jesus was not to share time with sinners to become more like them, but to lead them to a holy life. He shared his heart with them and they were changed.
I believe no matter how many times we seek Jesus in the Eucharist, he is seeking us more. We can walk up to the altar and open our hands or mouth to receive Him, but he is asking us to follow his heart and bring him to others in every aspect of our lives.
We are in need of the great healer, the High Priest, in the Eucharist. Thanks be to God for sending us priests, who bring us Jesus, so that his heart can change ours.
“God our Father, please send us holy priests, all for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with St. Joseph.” This prayer can be said after each decade of the rosary.