Luke 5:27-32 is where we find today’s gospel reading. Read it over slowly a few times so that the message reaches your heart mind and soul. The gospel is a powerful message to remind us that despite our failings or how the world perceives us we have the love of Jesus.
Jesus comes not to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance
Jesus noticed a tax collector, Levi by name, sitting by the customs house, and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And leaving everything he got up and followed him. In his honour Levi held a great reception in his house, and with them at table was a large gathering of tax collectors and others. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples and said, ‘Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?’ Jesus said to them in reply, ‘It is not those who are well who need the doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the virtuous, but sinners to repentance.’
The readings on this page are from the Jerusalem Bible, which is used at Mass in most of the English-speaking world.