1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1a | Ps. 21:2-7 | Mk. 2:13-17
Samuel is told to anoint Saul as King of Israel and so he does. Jesus continues to teach the people about God. He meets Matthew, also known as Levi, and invites him to follow Him. Without much hesitation, Levi does so, and invites Jesus to dinner. The Scribes witness this event and criticize Jesus for doing so. Jesus’ response is that He came to heal those who are sick, not the healthy. Those who do not have open hearts cannot hear Jesus’ voice. Those who are caught up in themselves and the letter of the law will not be able to see Jesus as Messiah. The same idea holds true for today as it did in the time of Christ.
The question for each of us is: Do you have an open heart so that you will be able to recognize Jesus in all those times and places where He resides? Or are you so closed that you cannot be open to God’s saving action in your life. Take time to be with Jesus. Allow Jesus the time and space to be present to you and to heal you wherever you need healing.