O Jesus, call me into your Kingdom because I am a sinner.
Picture Jesus at table with Levi and his friends.
When these scribes and Pharisees complain about Jesus’ table companions, Jesus announces that he is a physician whose ministry is to sinners. Jesus’ Kingdom changes social relationships and shatters the social conventions that kept sinners at a distance.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Levi performed a task which the Jews despised. However, his heart was open to Jesus’ invitation.
- Levi is a good evangelist, gathering his friends to meet Jesus.
- Jesus is quite at home with tax collectors and sinners. They are written on his heart.
- Eating with them shatters the usual procedures. Unfortunately, the scribes and Pharisees do not understand.
- Jesus must define his identity. He is a doctor.
- Logically, he spends time with the sick.
- His mission is to the sinners.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, I will open my heart and be open to your call.
- I will be your evangelist, bringing others to you.
- O Jesus, I am a sinner. You are welcome at my table.
- O Jesus, You do not judge by appearances. You see my heart.
- You are the physician. I am the sick person. You have come for me.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ In every situation, I will listen for Jesus’ call.
+ I will accept my own sinfulness and my need for Jesus’ forgiveness.