Fr. Sanctus Mario
Inspiration and Bible Reflections

Jesus is Open to relating with Everyone. Saturday 1 Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Saturday 1 Week Ordinary Time of the Year


 Mark 2: 13-17 




A relationship involves a close connection between two people who share something in common among themselves. 


It sometimes involves close interactions, support and sharing of intimacy. 

Jesus is open to relating with everyone because He 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. He also continually calls sinners who do not need Him to repentance.


 There are times we think that God has already ruled us out. There are some people who when they remember their past, 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 this shows that Jesus is open to relating with everyone.



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.


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 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 we think that what is in store for us is only punishment. 


Sometimes our sense of guilt makes it looks 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. Jesus is open to relating with everyone, He needs us only to approach His throne of mercy and seek forgiveness.


When Jesus encounters Levi today, He did not begin to enquire about His past and how he has been extorting money through taxes. 



At 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 Levi.



So, Jesus wants to change us and not to destroy us. 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.



So, Jesus is open to relating with everyone, He wants the sinner to respond to His call to follow Him.

 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. Therefore, they consider them as the worst sinners.



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. 



Sometimes, this is the reason that the more we pray that God hates and demolish our enemies, the more God waits that they change and return to Him. Jesus is open to relating with everyone if we can make out time for Him.


 Eating With Jesus.



In the gospel, the tax collectors eat with Jesus. Therefore, this is enough evidence to show that Jesus is open to relating with everyone.


“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 dine with God, repent and come back to Him. He is open to relating with everyone if we can give Him the opportunity

 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. 



When the scribes of the Pharisee party see Jesus eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this He responded to them, ‘It is not the healthy that needs the doctor, but the sick. I did not come to call the virtuous, but sinners.’


Therefore, 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 for 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. In the same way, we have to accept His diagnosis and follow the treatment plan.



So, that thing that is making you lose hope in life is in need of this Great Physician. Jesus is open to relating with everyone. 

That past mistakes that make us feel like killing ourselves and committing suicide need His Divine Touch. 



Therefore, Jesus wants to relate with you. Jesus is open to relating with everyone. 

 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


  1. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


  2. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

    Amen and Amen

  3. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen. May God continue to bless you Father.

  4. Chibuzor says

    Amen Jesus come and heal me and heal my marriage

  5. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for your word this morning. I pray that whatever that draws me back from having strong intimacy with you should scatter in Jesus mighty name Amen.

  6. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Lord have mercy for me for many times I have neglected your treatment plan in my life Amen🙏🙏🙏

  7. Chisom Egwudike says


  8. Emmanuel Chimezie Chidoka says

    Amen. Thank you Padre.

  9. Otokpa Elijah says

    Father, grant me the grace to come to you in faith and love always

  10. Ugwu Obianuju says


  11. Ijeoma Ugorji says


  12. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Lord have mercy and help us. Thank you Father.

  13. Onuora Judith says


  14. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  15. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen….. May God help me

  16. Joy Chidiogo Ikeoha says


  17. tony chukwudozie says

    O lord give me the grace to forget about the past to remember them no more and looks forward always.amen and amen

  18. Gloria Azuka Obiora says

    Jesus the great physican please heal me of my physical and spiritual illness and give me the grace and opportunity to always meet you in the blessed sacrament of the alter

  19. Okeke Chioma Agatha says


  20. Blessing Chilo says

    Your words are a lamp unto my path oh Lord. Bid me come to you always Lord in every circumstances and every situation of my life through christ our Lord Amen

  21. Angela Madu says

    Thank you Padre
    It is as if this word is directed to me
    I thank God Almighty for His love and Mercy for us.

  22. Ochuba Ebuka says

    Lord have mercy on me a poor sinner and heal me body, soul and spirit

  23. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn, thanks Padre

  24. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


  25. Helen says

    Amen! Thank you Padre 🙏

    Father, we need more of You Lord, Your divine touch, especially in those trying moments when it seems as if all hope is lost🙏🙏

  26. Precious says

    Amen!!! May our trust and faith in Christ wax stronger.

  27. Blessing Iortsugh says


  28. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen 🙏

    1. Sis Lois Blessing Paul says


  29. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. May we summon the courage to approach God always in our situation.

  30. Igwe Lilian says


  31. Munachimso onuoha says

    Father please have mercy on me and give me the grace to continually approach you in faith and love in Jesus name I pray amen


    God is and will always be there to welcome us and we pray for the courage to return back to him just like the prodigal son because he’s ever ready to accept us not minding the weight of our sins. Amen

  33. Michael Jones says

    Amen.thank you father

  34. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Padré

  35. Eze Nnedinso Blessing says

    May the Lord give us the grace and courage to approach Him frequently

  36. Chinyere Ezemelue says

    Lord, I need your strength to carry on, help me I pray 🙏

  37. Ibeawuchi Monica says


  38. Kubiat says


  39. Juliet says

    Amen and Amen

  40. Adeline Chidimma says

    Amen and Amen. God please help me to forget my past and embrace you who is the author and finisher of my life. Amen

  41. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Thank You Jesus, the great Physician!

  42. IKPO Maryann says


  43. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says



    Thank you Father for this wonderful reflection.

  45. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says


  46. Nwabueze chioma says


  47. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    Amen! O Lord my God! Forgive me my sins, my sins of youth, my sins of age, my presumptive and crying sins, my idle sins, my deliberate sins, the sins I know and the sins I do not know. I am heartily sorry for ever offending You. I resolve with my whole heart never to be separated from You again. Grant that I may love You always and then do with me whatever you will. Amen!!!

  48. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says


  49. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen

  50. Ighekpe Agbodesi Winifred says

    Thank you Jesus for your continual love for us all, Amen.

  51. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  52. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    Lord Jesus,I open my heart to You.Come in and dwell,be my best friend and greatest physician.Amen

  53. Christian says


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