Fr. Sanctus Mario
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He relates with Everyone. Saturday week 1 Ordinary time

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Breakfast with the Word Saturday week 1 Ordinary time

Mark 2: 13-17

He relates with Everyone.

A relationship involves a close connection between two people who share something in common among themselves. This sometimes involves close interactions, support and sharing of intimacy. Jesus comes for everyone. He does not segregate. He wants to relate with you and me. Most especially, He opens himself to people that need Him.

There are times we think that God has already ruled us out. There are some who when they remember their past, they feel a sense of guilt and believe there is no salvation for them anymore. In the gospel of today, Jesus calls a tax collector to be His apostle instead of the righteous Pharisees. He sits with sinners and eats with tax collectors.

 

This in any way does not mean that Jesus is condoning evil, but like the way He calls a tax collector, He is also calling us to follow Him, be close to Him, dine with Him and interact with Him. He still wants to forgive us and make us new creatures.

 

The Past is Not an Option.

There are times when we remember our pasts, it will look as if we have committed the worst atrocities and thus what is in store for us is only punishment. Sometimes our sense of guilt makes it look as if God will never forgive us again. At these moments, we continue to beat ourselves up.

 

What we need is an encounter with the Lord. In His presence, the past is not an option.

 

When Jesus encounters Levi today, He did not begin to enquire about His past and how he has been extorting money through taxes. That time the easiest way to make money is to be a tax collector. It was like a get rich quick scheme. But the interest of Jesus was to change and not to destroy. We are the ones who destroy ourselves by refusing His invitation to be close to Him. He loves us, but we are very occupied and busy.

Levi was said to be employed by Herod Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee, as a tax collector. A traveller from either Herod Philip’s territory or the Decapolis would naturally pass through Capernaum on entering Galilee. Along this route stands Levi’s tax collector’s booth.

 

These tax collectors were despised by the Jews because they were considered traitors and extortioners. To make this practical, it is like seeing Jesus in the midst of leaders hated by the people. Of course many would not be happy with that. But Jesus knows that an encounter or meeting with Him is enough to change the other person.

 

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The more we pray that God hates and demolish our enemies, the more God prays they change and return to Him.

 

Eating With Jesus.

“Eating with Jesus” (synanekeinto to Iesou) seems to suggest that the tax collectors and sinners were having dinner with Jesus. This hence suggests that Jesus is also calling sinners to the Kingdom. It is a call to experience His merciful heart. He is willing to forgive us again and make us new.

 

The meal was an anticipation of the messianic banquet that is awaiting them at last.

 

The dinner held in Levi’s house was probably his farewell party since he was leaving to become one of Jesus’ disciples, or perhaps he simply wanted to gather his friends together so that they too could have an opportunity to meet Jesus.

 

In the same way, we do have daily opportunities to repent and come back to God. If we are still living, it means we still have the chance now before it becomes late. Our souls are not damned already. What Jesus wants from me and you, is to respond to Him today.

 

Jesus the Physician.

Jesus sees Himself as a physician as against the scribes who were scandalised to see him in the midst of tax collectors and sinners. The scribes depend only on their self-righteousness while Jesus needs those who depend on His mercy and forgiveness.

 

A physician ministers to the sick and not to those who think they are healthy and have no need of Jesus. Not only that, a physician examines a patient, diagnoses any problem and proposes a treatment plan for him.

 

For the sick person to be free, he has to accept the diagnosis and follow the treatment plan. Jesus heals us both spiritually and physically. He proposes to us come to Him always to be healed.

 

So, that thing that is making you lose hope in life is in need of this Great Physician. That past that makes us feel like killing ourselves and committing suicide needs His Divine Touch. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrew 4:16).

May God have mercy on us and give us the grace to continually approach Him in faith and love. Amen.

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61 Comments
  1. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  2. Sylvia Adibe says

    🙏 Amen

  3. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. May His grace continue to be sufficient for us. Amen.

  4. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    Amen

  5. Beatrice Solomon says

    amen

  6. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    Amen and Amen!

  7. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro.

  8. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  9. Angela Madu says

    Amen

  10. Agina Uchenna says

    Amen

  11. Cornelia Anyiam says

    Amen.

  12. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen

  13. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen.

  14. Stella Ekwemalor says

    Amen
    Good morning Padre
    Have a blessed weekend

  15. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  16. Grace uba says

    Amen

  17. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Fr

  18. Regina Mobu says

    Amen

  19. Lucy Vena O. says

    Amen. Thank you Padre

  20. Molly Kabugho says

    Praying to untie the knots of rejection, poverty, witchcraft, prostitution and set backs.

  21. Ify obinwa says

    Amennn

  22. Danny Hansel says

    Amen

  23. Iyorshe David Terver says

    The love God has for us we no not much of it so we get tired along the way
    But he is a merciful God so he is never tired of us.
    Dear lord may I never give up in all my desire and may I never see that nothing is imposible with you Amen

  24. John says

    AMEN

  25. Margaret orevaoghene says

    Amen

  26. GeraldineMary says

    Amen 🙏

  27. Angela Nwagbo says

    Amen!

  28. Amarachi Cynthia Agbo says

    Immediately my prayers being answered, I will surely give thanks given

  29. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  30. Mary Chioma Nwauzu says

    l pray for divine visitation in my life in Jesus name. Amen.

  31. Faleye Dora says

    Amen🙏

  32. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    Allelluia Amen

  33. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  34. Dr.Julie says

    Amen

  35. Emerenini Janeclaret says

    Amen to this wonderful reflection.
    This got me relieved as I have been pondering when things will work out well for me again. I blame myself for my past life but am encouraged after going through this passage and reflecting on it.
    I know God has a purpose for me and I will continue to focus on him until he blesses me.

  36. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Amen

  37. Umeze Rosemary says

    Amen

  38. Dr.Julie says

    Thank You Merciful Jesus!

  39. Mariajacinta Ivoke says

    Amen

  40. Dr Nick Onyia says

    Mega amen🙏 More unction to you, fr

  41. Cordelia Agudosi says

    Amen

  42. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  43. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. Thank you brother.

  44. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏 thanks so much Fr 🙏

  45. Cordelia Ndego A. says

    Our Lady Undoer of Knots, please undo the knots in the lives of Anwuli, Anthonia, Ishioma, Chineyeh and Obichukwu that they will get married.

  46. Okoye Ukamaka Agatha says

    Mother Mary, the Undoer of Knots, through your Powerful intercession, untie the knots of Misunderstanding in my marriage, untie my womb,unhappiness and spirit of hatred in my marriage and backwardness from my life OKOYE UKAMAKA AGATHA

    Thank you.

  47. Justin Ndukwu says

    Destiny Helpers that will assist to pay for my tuition fees, so as to start my clinical rotations this year

  48. Ovwigho lucky says

    Amen

  49. IKPO Maryann says

    Amen

  50. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen and Amen 🙏🙏.
    Mary, the undoer of knots, pray for us and our families

  51. Abuah Judith says

    Amen… Thanks brother, more grace

  52. Nwatu Nneka P says

    Oh yes, GRACE IS THE SECRET.

    Amen and same to you brother

  53. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    God, please have mercy on me. I need your divine touch, my Lord .

  54. Ndubueze Chigozie Sylvia says

    Thank you Father for this words of hope giving to me today, may God be highly exalted in our life.

  55. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says

    Amen

  56. Emelda says

    Amen

  57. Leah Uchechukwu says

    Amen

  58. Iheme Gloria says

    I pray that God will perfect His healing on my neck as a go for its treatment, Amen

  59. Ojukwu Chinwe Amaka says

    Dear Fr.
    I was not able to open the platform for the most serious intention. I tried it severally without success.
    Kindly give me a second chance.
    So sorry for the inconveniences.

  60. Michael Uzoechiena says

    Amen Padre and God’s Divine wisdom and strength.

  61. Chinasa Ogili says

    Mother Mary, the undoer of knots, through your powerful intercession untie the of marital delay in my life, I Ogili Martina chinasa Amen, Thank you mother.

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