“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the
righteous but sinners.” What a powerful statement coming from Jesus. These words also set an assurance to those who are feeling hopeless to change their lives and follow Jesus. Our hope is in Christ who seeks us and looks after our healing.
Truly, we usually do not go to the doctor if we are feeling well. Most of the time, we need
them whenever we feel or observe certain illnesses in our body. It is the same thing with Jesus. The only difference is that in the case of the physician, it is the patient who goes to them while in Jesus, it is He Himself who goes to us and heal our diseases, all for the salvation of our souls.
I remember those days when I tried to escape from the Lord, when I became abusive of the freedom the Lord has given me. That abuse led me to commit a lot of wickedness in this world. I was hooked to wrong relationships [barkadas and girlfriends], became accustomed to parties, enjoyed alcohol sprees and smoking cigarettes and wasted so much time in computers and social media. I also lost the desire to be with my family for bonding and instead, invested my energies and time with other unnecessary things.
Looking back, I realize that those things were also my illnesses at that time. But God will
never allow His children to go astray forever. Hence, He came to offer the gift of salvation. I needed salvation and He came to bless, to help and to heal me… He came to put things back to its proper order for us to claim our identity with Him.
By Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”