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Doctrines & Morals

People who are healthy do not need a doctor

1 Sam. 9:1-4.17-19.10:1, Mk 2:13-17. Today's readings give us a look not only at people in the past who have been given an invitation by God to do the divine will, but an occasion for us to reflect on how we have responded to God’s invitation to help lead others along the way to God. In today's first reading, Saul is confirmed by God as the first king of Israel. Saul was called from a humble beginning, hailing from one of the smallest and often least important among the tribes of Israel, the tribe of Benjamin and also from among its smallest families and houses. Though he did not know God's plan for him, Saul was physically distinctive and imposing. Samuel then poured the oil over Saul’s head, anointing him as king over Israel, handing over the leadership and guidance over the Israelites to his hands. Samuel told Saul what would be expected of him and he was to keep all the commandments of God and help to guide the people in the right path and not into the path of sin.

In today's Gospel, Jesus directs Matthew from the path of sin and call him to be bearer of His Goodnews. Matthew also known as Levi quickly left everything behind and followed the Lord, and not only that, but he also introduced the Lord to the other tax collectors and they all invited Him to a dinner at Levi’s house. At that time, tax collectors were the ones who were among the most despised and hated among the people as they were seen as greedy, wicked and self-serving in their actions. When scribes questions why Jesus eats with known sinners and tax collectors, Jesus responds:  “People who are healthy do not need a doctor; sick people do. I have come to call sinners, not the self-righteous.” That is just how loving God has been towards us. Now that we know how God loves us, then we should embrace His love wholeheartedly and seek Him with a renewed heart and faith, full of zeal and commitment to walk in His path and serve Him at all times. Each and every one of us share in the mission that God has entrusted to us, to be the missionaries of our Christian faith and truth, spreading the Goodnews of Jesus to all the ends of the whole world. Through our exemplary life, faith and actions more will come to believe in the Lord and be saved together with us.

May the Lord be with us always, through all the goods and trials of this life, that we may be His faithful disciples and witnesses to the nations! Amen!! Good morning and happy weekend!!!

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