While spending time with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus’ response to the scribes and pharisees offers us hope. The Lord’s willingness to bring healing and forgiveness to those in need reveals Christ’s longing for our redemption as well. May we follow the example of Levi and respond to the Lord’s call.
These two great figures in the Church had their share of spectacular successes and failures. They sinned, yet with God’s grace they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus – and they are wonderful examples for us today. May we embrace our faith, return to Christ when we have sinned, and seek the Lord above all else!