Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 5:27-32.
Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, «Follow me.»
And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him.
Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them.
The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”
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Commentary of the day :
Saint John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Message to young people in preparation for the 20th WYD (August 6, 2004)
“Leaving everything behind, the man got up and followed him”
Listening to Christ and adoring him leads to courageous choices, to decisions that are at times heroic. Jesus makes demands, because he wants us to be authentically happy. He calls certain people to leave everything in order to follow him in a life as a priest or in a consecrated life. May those who hear this invitation not be afraid to answer “yes”, and may they generously follow him. But aside from particular vocations to a consecrated life, there is the vocation of every baptized person. It, too, is a vocation to that “high degree” of ordinary Christian life, which finds its expression in sanctity (cf. Novo millenio ineunte, At the beginning of the new millennium, 31).
So many of our contemporaries do not yet know God’s love or are trying to fill their heart with insignificant substitutes. It is thus urgent to be witnesses of the love contemplated in Christ… The Church needs authentic witnesses for the new evangelization: men and women whose lives have been transformed through their encounter with Jesus; men and women who are able to communicate this experience to others. The Church needs saints. We are all called to sanctity, and only the saints can renew humankind.