Readings of the Day
Arnold Houbraken, The calling of St. Matthew
Ca. 1710. Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, "Follow me."
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house,
and a large crowd of tax collectors
and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying,
"Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"
Jesus said to them in reply,
"Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Am I a follower of Jesus? What do I have to leave behind to follow him?
When am I too righteous? Whom do I hurt when I am so?
turn our hearts to you.
By seeking your kingdom
and by loving one another,
may we become a people who worship you
in spirit and truth.